ishi Sunak will address MPs on Monday about the escalating crisis in Israel and Gaza, as politicians return to Westminster amid renewed conflict in the Middle East.
Palestinians in Gaza remain braced for an imminent Israeli invasion, a week after Hamas militants launched a deadly assault on the country.
The Prime Minister is expected to make a visit on Monday morning to re-iterate his Government’s support for the Jewish community, after a weekend that saw growing international efforts to stop the conflict escalating further.
King Abdullah II of Jordan was welcomed to Downing Street on Sunday evening, as the ruler embarked on a diplomatic tour of Europe to rally international support to stop the war.
Number 10 said that the Prime Minister would hold talks with other leaders and international partners in the days to come, as the conflict showed little sign of coming to a swift conclusion.
The United Nations and global aid agencies have all expressed alarm about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, after Israel ordered civilians to evacuate the north ahead of an imminent offensive.
Western diplomats are also concerned that the war between Hamas and Israel could spark a wider conflict in the Middle East.
Mr Sunak is expected to use his Commons statement to set out how the UK is supporting Israel and aiding British nationals caught in the fighting, while also detailing ministers’ response to the humanitarian situation inside Gaza.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly on Sunday indicated that about 10 British people are currently being held hostage by Hamas, telling Sky News that such a figure was “not an unreasonable estimate”.
MPs will return to Westminster after a lengthy party conference break, as the war continues to overshadow domestic politics.
Meanwhile, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said that increased security measures will remain in place to protect places of worship.
The mayor’s office said that the Metropolitan Police have also stepped up patrols, with a rolling programme of security visits to all synagogues in the capital.
Mr Khan said: “The suffering and loss of innocent life in both Israel and Gaza is truly heart-breaking and my thoughts are with all those impacted.
“It’s vital that we don’t allow events overseas to spill over onto our streets in London and I want to reassure both the Jewish community and the Muslim community that we will take a zero-tolerance approach to any Islamophobia or antisemitism.
“I’m continuing to work closely with the police and community leaders to ensure our communities feel safe, and are safe, as they go about their daily lives.”
Demonstrators are also expected to gather outside BBC headquarters in the capital on Monday evening, amid anger at the broadcaster’s decision not to describe Hamas militants as terrorists.
It comes after a weekend of protests and gatherings across the UK, with tens of thousands marching in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.
Three men were charged on Sunday with criminal offences alleged to have taken place at the London demonstration, at which 15 people were arrested over the course of the day.
Meanwhile, detectives investigating a public order offence are appealing for help identifying two women who were at the demonstration in the capital.
Hundreds of people also attended at a vigil in central London on Sunday to commemorate Israeli victims of the Hamas incursion.