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Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Gaza. (175902)

We are concerned by the recent violence in Gaza, and call on all parties to restore order to the streets. There is a pressing need to re-open Gaza’s crossings for people and goods.

We remain concerned by the humanitarian situation in Gaza. During 2007, the UK gave over £31 million in aid to the Palestinians. In December, we pledged $500 million over the next three years, and we were pleased at the response of the governments that attended the post-Annapolis Donors’ Conference in Paris before Christmas when $7 billion was pledged.