Rishi Sunak to hold emergency Cobra meeting today over ‘accelerated’ terror threat in UK amid Israel war | The Sun
RISHI Sunak will hold an emergency Cobra meeting TODAY amid concerns over an "accelerated" terror threat in the UK.
Ministers fear the war between Israel and terrorists Hamas could trigger deadly extremist activities at home.
Met Police Chief Sir Mark Rowley admitted the force is facing a "particularly challenging time", with a hike in hate crimes and civil unrest being pushed by Iranian agents.
He will meet Home Secretary Suella Braverman in No10 to assess "precarious" security risks.
Yesterday Sir Mark said: “When you’ve got state threats from Iran, you’ve got terrorism being accelerated by the events and hate crime in communities.
“For Jewish communities, it’s now about 14-fold increase in antisemitism in London and for Muslim communities, it’s nearly threefold.
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"So this is really precarious. In the middle of it, we’ve got these big protests.”
Nearly 100 have been arrested in London since Hamas initiated war by attacking Israel on October 7.
Sir Mark said there would likely be “many, many more arrests” this week as cops track down protestors who breached terrorism laws.
This morning Education Minister Rob Halfon refused to say how worried the public should be.
He insisted that after the Cobra meeting Brits will be given more information on the seriousness of the threats at hand.
"I'm not at that Cobra meeting," Mr Halfon said.
"I'm sure it will be announced later on.
"But, of course, we have to make sure that British citizens are safe and secure from the threat of terrorism as the Government always does."
Mr Halfon also blasted Hamas for refusing to allow 200 British foreign nationals to exit the Gaza strip.
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He told Sky News: "If people are being kept in a place against their will, are not allowed to travel out, then that is a form of hostage taking.
"But, as I say, it shows the nature of Hamas, it shows what Israel has to deal with and explains why the Government has said that it supports Israel's right to defend itself."
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