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Middle East: Gaza Strip

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the security situation in the Gaza Strip. (140381)

We are very concerned by the on-going violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Since 13 May, when Palestinian factional violence erupted, over 45 Palestinians have been killed. Two Israelis have been killed in Qassam rocket attacks, and over 45 Palestinians, including seven children, have been killed in Israeli air force air strikes since 17 May. We welcome Palestinian President Abbas’ efforts to restore calm and hope that all sides can exercise restraint. The cycle of violence and the humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories underlines the need for the current on-going political processes. We welcome the fortnightly discussions between Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas as well as US Secretary of State Rice’s recent efforts and those of the Arab League.