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Israel and Palestine: Gaza

Volume 692: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assistance is being given by the temporary international mechanism of the European Union to strengthen security forces in Gaza. [HL3672]

The temporary international mechanism (TIM) does not provide assistance to strengthen security forces in Gaza. The TIM focuses on maintaining basic services in the occupied Palestinian Territories, and on supporting the livelihoods of poor Palestinians.

The UK provides bilateral assistance to improve the security situation in Gaza. This includes funding for technical experts to help the Palestinian Authority reform the security sector and over £350,000 to improve security and facilities at Karni, Gaza's main commercial crossing.