The UK is arranging flights to get stranded British nationals out of Israel, the Foreign Office has said.

The first plane was expected to leave Tel Aviv on Thursday, with more flights planned ”in the coming days, subject to security”.

Those eligible to leave will be contacted directly and British nationals should not go to airports unless they are called to.

A team of diplomats has been sent to Israel to help people flying to the UK.


The Foreign Office said it is ”working to ensure the flight can proceed as soon as possible.”

The UK government said earlier this week it would not arrange evacuation flights because commercial routes were still available.

But British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, EasyJet, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Air France, Lufthansa and Emirates have all suspended flights in recent days.

In other UK developments:

  • International Aid Minister Andrew Mitchell said a review of funding for Palestinian refugees could mean the government will start moving ”essential humanitarian supplies forward near the region”. He told the BBC the UK would ”do whatever is necessary to play our part in meeting

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