The UK renewed its accusation to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) of being responsible of the current Israeli war on Gaza. It insists that Hamas should stop firing as a precondition for working to stop violence.
"The UK calls on Hamas, who bear principal responsibility for starting this round of violence, to stop the rocket attacks”, minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt has said.
Burt arrived in Israel yesterday on a three day visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories of West bank.
At the beginning of the Israeli fierce attacks against Gaza , William Hague, the UK Foreign Secretary, said Hamas is responsible for the new cycle of fighting.
The UK Foreign Ministry said that Burt visited Kiryat Malachi in southern Israeli” to see first-hand the terrible impact of the rocket that hit a residential building last week and killed three Israelis civilians.”
It added the minister spent time with one of the bereaved families, met Mayor Moti Malka, and was briefed on the on-going rocket attacks from Gaza.
He is expected to be briefed today by the United Nations and a range of international NGOs on the humanitarian situation inside the Gaza Strip.
He will meet with the Israeli Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Meridor and the President and Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority , to discuss how to bring an urgent end to the current conflict, according to a ministry statement.
The statement quoted the minister as saying he is “gravely concerned about the current crisis, particularly the loss of civilian life on both sides".
Meanwhile , the UK foreign ministry advised against all travel to Gaza.
In a revised travel notice , the ministry said” Our ability to provide Consular assistance in Gaza is extremely limited”.
The notice also advised against trying to deliver assistance to civilians in Gaza.
“We continue to advise against participating in flotillas or overland convoys to Gaza because of the risks involved. On account of the uncertain situation there, we do not believe that humanitarian supplies should be delivered by an attempt to land goods through a sea journey”.
It advised against “breaching the restrictions imposed by the Israeli navy” on Gaza.
The notice said “the official crossings and established channels” are the only way to send humanitarian assistance or other goods to Gaza.
Israel has been closing all crossings with Gaza for about 6 years in its attempt to tighten its siege on Gaza.