Occupied Territories

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 31st March 2004.

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Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Labour, Lewisham, Deptford 11:30 am, 31st March 2004

Two weeks ago, I was in Gaza. I saw farmers whose orchards had been ploughed up by Israeli tanks, fishermen who had been deprived of their fishing rights and a whole population trapped in the equivalent of a prison lock-down. Following the UN's announcement that food aid to Gaza is to be suspended, does my right hon. Friend agree that the present Israeli policy is leading to a humanitarian crisis to which the Palestinian Authority will not be able to respond? What contingency plans does he have for such a situation?