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Gaza: Overseas Visitors

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government are assisted in the repatriation of any UK citizens from Gaza during the conflict in the region. (248107)

[holding answer 19 January 2009]: We are providing consular assistance to all British nationals in Gaza who require it. In view of the particular circumstances in Gaza, this includes those with dual UK/Palestinian nationality. So far 11 individuals have requested permission to leave, which we are arranging to facilitate.

As elsewhere in the world, we will provide consular assistance to EU and in certain circumstances to Commonwealth nationals whose countries do not have diplomatic representation. Currently three persons have requested assistance to leave, which we are facilitating.