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Israel and Palestine: Gaza

Volume 700: debated on Thursday 20 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their response to the combined non-governmental organisations’ report The Gaza Strip: A Humanitarian Implosion. [HL2426]

We welcome the important work that UK non-governmental organisations are doing in Gaza. We are discussing the recent report with the relevant non-governmental organisations. The Government are already working to help alleviate the difficult humanitarian situation in Gaza, including our contribution of £100 million over five years to the UN Relief and Works Agency. This is part of the Government's overall commitment of £243 million over three years, linked to political progress. We urge all parties to bring about a complete end to violence in Gaza and to work urgently to reopen the border crossings. But a long-term solution to the crisis in Gaza—both Israeli security and Palestinian hardship—can only come from a political process. Recent events make it all the more important for the parties and the international community to support the Annapolis process. All our efforts are behind this.