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Middle East: Armed Conflict

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

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) Lebanon and (ii) Gaza since 1 January 2009; and if he will make a statement. (303915)

Estimates on the exact numbers of rockets and mortar bombs differ; we condemn the firing of any rockets and mortar bombs into Israeli territory. It is unacceptable that militants in the Gaza Strip have continued to fire rockets into southern Israel. In 2009 we have also been concerned by and condemn the sporadic incidents of rocket fire into northern Israel by militants in Lebanon.