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Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the humanitarian situation in Gaza; and if he will make a statement. (282495)

The recent conflict intensified an already difficult humanitarian situation in Gaza. While the pace of deterioration has slowed since the ceasefire in January, the humanitarian situation remains extremely serious.

Most basic foodstuffs are now available in Gaza. However, high prices and access restrictions on many other food items mean that around 90 per cent. of Gazans are still partly dependent on food aid.

Success of the humanitarian response and early recovery effort requires opening of the crossings from Israel in order to allow movement of materials and personnel into Gaza. The UK continues to press the Israeli Government on this issue.