Slough’s MP has urged Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to commit to action to prevent the humanitarian crisis in Gaza from deteriorating.

Speaking before the House of Commons, Tan Dhesi decried the attacks from Hamas while calling for any response to be “proportionate” and within the bounds of international law.

The Prime Minister had delivered to the House on the situation in Israel and Gaza in which he confirmed that at least six British nationals had been killed.

Mr Dhesi said: “After the brutal terror atrocities by Hamas which tragically led to the deaths of over a thousand Israelis, the government of course has a duty to defend its citizens – but it must be proportionate and in line with international law.

“We must also condemn any indiscriminate killing or forcible eviction from their land of the Palestinian people who have suffered so much for several decades and now are facing horrors on an unimaginable scale.

“Does the Prime Minister agree that there must be no collective punishment of Palestinians, we must strive for peace, and there should be a humanitarian effort by the international community to avert a crisis furthering?”

Hamas, which is designated as a terrorist group by the UK, launched attacks against Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7 – in which hundreds of Israeli civilians were killed and more than 100 taken hostage.

Israel responded with airstrikes and cut off the flow of electricity, water, fuel and other goods into Gaza.

The Gaza Strip is a small territory on the Mediterranean Coast between Israel and Egypt that is controlled by Hamas.

In response to Mr Dhesi, the Prime Minister said: “We are working with our partners to bring humanitarian support to the region and again today announced a significant increase in our humanitarian funding for the region coming on top of what is strong support already.

“And we’ll continue to talk to partners about how best to ensure that humanitarian aid finds its way to the people who need it.”

Mr Sunak announced an additional £10m in humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people in his speech before the Commons.

He added that the UK government’s objective is to protect civilians from harm while “unequivocally” backing Israel’s right to defend itself.