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Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to visit Palestine to assess the humanitarian situation.

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Andrew Mitchell (The Secretary of State for International Development; Sutton Coldfield, Conservative)

I visited the Occupied Palestinian Territories in December 2011, and saw first hand the situation of some of the vulnerable communities in Gaza and Area C who are supported by UK humanitarian assistance.

Access to land, natural resources and services is difficult for Palestinians living in Area C, and 90,000 people are under threat of displacement due to demolitions. In Gaza, over 90% of mains water is unfit for drinking and 66% of Gazans depend either entirely or partly on food aid.

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