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Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 25 March 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether compensation has been offered by Israel or the international community to the people of the Shujaiya district of Gaza for the destruction by an Israeli jet of a clinic serving 80,000 people. [HL2201]

No such compensation has been offered by Israel.

The international community pledged approximately $4.5 billion at the Sharm el-Sheikh conference on 2 March 2009. It is unclear exactly how much of this is new money, but the conference demonstrated the commitment of the international community to assist the people of Gaza. Restrictions on access continue to hamper humanitarian and reconstruction efforts. We have pressed the Israeli Government to allow freer access for vital supplies.