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Middle East

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of how many (a) Israelis and (b) Lebanese were killed during the Lebanese conflict between (i) 1 June and 17 August 2006, (ii) 17 and 27 August 2006 and (iii) 27 August and 28 September 2006. (97836)

The recent conflict between Hezbollah and Lebanon began on 12 July and formally ended on 14 August 2006. The UN estimates that 1,187 Lebanese people were killed as a result of the conflict and the Israeli authorities have said that 115 Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers and 39 civilians were killed in the hostilities. The estimates on the Lebanese side are necessarily approximate, as bodies continued to be recovered and counted after the ceasefire ended and unexploded ordnance has continued to cause fatalities. Between 17 and 27 August 2006 we understand that one Hezbollah fighter was killed by the IDF. Between 27 August and 28 September we are not aware of any people on either side who were killed as a result of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.