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Two Britons are nonetheless being held hostage in Gaza, Lord Cameron has mentioned.

The Foreign Secretary advised MPs: “There are two British nationals who remain as hostages. I don’t want to make any further comment on them.”

Asked by the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee if the 2 had been nonetheless alive, he mentioned: “I just don’t want to say any more. We don’t have any information to share with you.”

An estimated 240 individuals had been taken prisoner in Gaza after Hamas’s October 7 assaults in opposition to Israel.

During a ceasefire in November, 105 had been launched.

Lord Cameron additionally declined to say whether or not he had seen any Foreign Office authorized recommendation stating that Israel has breached worldwide humanitarian legislation in Gaza.

Taking questions from committee chairwoman Alicia Kearns, he mentioned: “The reason for not answering this question, I cannot recall every single bit of paper that has been put in front of me. I look at everything.”

“Of course, there are a lot of things that have happened where you think surely that was something that shouldn’t have happened.”

Lord Cameron refused to go additional, telling MPs it was not his job to make a “legal adjudication”.

He did acknowledge that he had seen issues relating to the battle which have been “deeply concerning” whereas additionally calling on Israel to revive the water provide to Gaza.

But he declined to be drawn on whether or not the deprivation of water breached humanitarian legislation, saying that restoring provides “is just something they ought to do, in my view”.

He additionally mentioned he had seen figures suggesting Hamas has “lost over 50% of their capability and capacity in terms of being able to launch rockets and all the rest of it”.

Tory MP Bob Seely requested whether or not Foreign Office legal professionals have suggested that Israel is susceptible to problem from worldwide courts within the Hague. Lord Cameron replied: “It’s close to that.” He additionally mentioned Houthi assaults within the Red Sea within the wake of the Gaza battle had been “unacceptable” in one of many “most important sea lanes”, including: “They need to be told…that consequences follow.”

He additionally dismissed as “bunk” criticisms about his choice as PM to intervene in Libya in 2011. He mentioned: “We acted to prevent what could have been a huge humanitarian crisis and slaughter.” The peer mentioned he was advised Colonel Gaddafi was heading to Benghazi “where he was threatening to kill large numbers of his own people”.