[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Global Security (Middle East)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:57 pm on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Brian Iddon Brian Iddon Labour, Bolton South East 3:57 pm, 24th January 2008

Of course there are some extremists in Gaza—I do not deny it—and, obviously, some people fire rockets. However, I do not accept my hon. Friend's statement if he is saying that all Hamas politicians are as he described.

There must be proportionality. In the first 21 days of this year, 72 Palestinians, but no Israelis, died. Of the Palestinians, six were children and eight were women. Many of them were innocent civilians—people not engaged in a war. The lack of fuel, food and medicine, and the situation in the hospitals in the Gaza strip that I described, cannot go on much longer. There is a terrible humanitarian crisis on the Gaza strip.