(CTN News) – Hamas has strongly criticized the UK’s decision to carry out surveillance flights over Israel and Gaza, as well as providing intelligence to Tel Aviv.
According to Hamas, this action signifies the UK’s involvement in the “genocidal” war on Gaza. In a statement, the Palestinian resistance group stated that Britain’s intention to conduct intelligence flights over the Gaza Strip makes it complicit in the crimes committed by the Zionist occupation and accountable for the massacres inflicted upon the Palestinian people.
Hamas further emphasized that the UK should rectify its historical stance, which has been offensive to the Palestinian people, and take responsibility for the 1917 Balfour Declaration.
This declaration, a letter from the British Foreign Secretary at the time to a prominent figure in the British Jewish community, expressed support for establishing a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine.
The group strongly criticized the declaration, labeling it as “the sin of the century,” and accused Britain of perpetuating its shameful colonial past. In response, the British Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that surveillance flights would be conducted to aid in the rescue of Israeli hostages held in the Gaza Strip.
The ministry emphasized that the UK government has been actively collaborating with regional partners to secure the release of hostages, including British nationals, who were kidnapped following a surprise attack by Hamas on October 7.
Hamas, however, condemned Britain’s surveillance flights over the Gaza Strip, stating that it would further strain the relationship between the British government and their people, as well as anyone who opposes Zionist aggression.
The group called on Britain to withdraw its direct involvement and cease its political and financial support for what they referred to as a genocidal war against Gaza.
The Gaza Strip was once again targeted by the Israeli army with airstrikes on Friday, marking the end of a week-long humanitarian pause.
The Gaza Health Ministry reports that the number of Palestinians killed has risen to 509, with 1,316 injured, as a result of Israeli airstrikes since Friday. The Israeli military initiated a series of air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip in response to a cross-border attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on October 7.
Tragically, the Israeli attacks have claimed the lives of over 15,500 Palestinians, predominantly children and women, since then. As of now, the number of deaths officially reported by Israel is 1,200.