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Middle East: Armed Conflict

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of (a) rockets and (b) mortar bombs launched into Israeli territory from (i) Gaza and (ii) the Lebanon in each week since January 2007; and if he will make a statement. (212413)

Further to the hon. Member’s question of 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 814W, we do not have a detailed breakdown of the figures. However, according to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, almost 1,000 rockets and over 1,000 mortar bombs fired from the Gaza Strip have struck southern Israel between January 2008 and May 2008.

Since January 2007 there have been two incidents of rockets being fired from Lebanon into Israel. On 17 June 2007 two rockets fired from Lebanon hit the town of Kiryat Shemona in northern Israel. On 8 January 2008 two rockets fired from Lebanon hit the Israeli town of Shlomi. The UK condemns these attacks which are a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. The UK fully supports the efforts of the UN Interim Forces in Lebanon to prevent such attacks in the future.