UK Labour leader under pressure over Israeli war on Gaza stance

AFP , Thursday 26 Oct 2023

UK opposition leader Keir Starmer is facing increasing pressure over his stance on the Israeli war on Gaza, testing the leadership determination of the favourite to become UK's next prime minister.

UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, AFP


The 61-year-old is battling to reduce tensions within Labour's ranks over remarks he made about the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip and his ongoing refusal to call for a ceasefire.

The war has reignited old divisions in the centre-left party, which Starmer had been credited with unifying, as it bids to return to power in a general election expected next year.

On Monday, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that Britain was sending an additional £20 million of aid to help civilians in Gaza affected by the war, bringing the total amount, since the start of conflict, to £30 million after £10 million was made available last week.

Since the war broke out on 7 October, 24/7 Israeli airstrikes on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip killed more than 7,000 Palestinians and injured more than 17,000 people mostly from women and children.

Moreover, Israeli airstrikes and bombardment also destroyed or seriously damaged hundreds of homes, leaving more than one million Palestinians without shelter.

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