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Britain is joining the effort to locate the Israeli being held in Gaza. The British Ministry of Defense announced that British surveillance aircraft will fly over the skies of Gaza in an attempt to locate the places where the Israeli hostages are being held.

“The safety of British nationals is our utmost priority,” the ministry said in a statement. “In support of the ongoing hostage rescue activity, the UK Ministry of Defence will conduct surveillance flights over the Eastern Mediterranean, including operating in airspace over Israel and Gaza."

“Surveillance aircraft will be unarmed, do not have a combat role, and will be tasked solely to locate hostages. Only information relating to hostage rescue will be passed to the relevant authorities responsible for hostage rescue.”

The flights will take place over the eastern Mediterranean Sea, including activity in the airspace over Israel and Gaza. Britain's decision to take part in the attempts to locate the hiding places where the hostages are being held in Gaza was made in light of the fact that several of the hostages hold British citizenship.

After the terrorist attack by Hamas on October 7 in which over 1,200 people were massacred, the British government announced that at least 12 of its citizens had been killed and another five were listed as missing.

The British government also announced the dispatch of military units to the Mediterranean Sea in order to support Israel and prevent regional deterioration. Among other assets, this includes planes and surveillance equipment, two battleships, helicopters, and military forces were sent to the area.