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Israel and Palestine: Gaza

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

to ask Her Majesty's Government:

What action they will take to enable 235 ships' containers of food, now at Ashdod, belonging to the World Food Programme and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to reach the inhabitants of Gaza for whom they are intended. [HL6929]

Our best information is that the food containers have been moved from Ashdod and are now awaiting delivery at Karni Crossing. The crossing has been open for humanitarian imports since 13 July, but had been closed for six days before that.

In the past fortnight, my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary has spoken to Israeli Foreign Minister Livni and Palestinian President Abbas to try to help find a way to end the current humanitarian crisis. Our missions are working closely with both parties and the G8. The EU and the UK have issued statements in response to the crisis.