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British planes to fly over Gaza to find hostages

British planes to fly over Gaza to find hostages UK Defense Secretary Grant Shapps (photo: Getty Images)

Unarmed British planes will conduct surveillance flights over the Gaza Strip to find hostages held by Hamas, stated British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps.

"British hostages are still held by Hamas. Their freedom is our utmost priority," he wrote.

The minister emphasized that Hamas should release them and all other hostages as soon as possible.

"To aid ongoing rescue efforts, unarmed UK aircraft will begin carrying out surveillance flights over Gaza to help locate hostages," he added.

War in Israel

On October 7, Hamas invaded Israel and began killing and abducting both military and civilians. Israel announced Operation Iron Swords and began shelling terrorist sites in the Gaza Strip. Israel also cut off electricity and water supplies to the region.

Last week, Israel signed an agreement with Hamas on a temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the release of hostages. Hamas released the first group of hostages on November 24.

Read more about Israel's agreements with Hamas and how long the war will last in RBC-Ukraine's article.

On December 1, Israel resumed hostilities in the Gaza Strip and claimed that Hamas had violated the terms of the ceasefire.

According to Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Israel resumed fire after Hamas refused to release hostages, including two children.