To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of Israel's opening of the Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza; what assessment his Department has made of the (a) social and (b) economic impact this will have on (i) the Palestinian workers, (ii) the local community and (iii) the community in the Gaza strip as a whole; and if he will make a statement.
We welcome the announcement by Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz on
We have not made a detailed assessment of the impact of Israel's opening of the Erez crossing. We are, however, concerned about the humanitarian and economic consequences of closures and curfews, which restrict the free movement of people and essential supplies between the Occupied Territories and Israel and other countries, as well as within the Occupied Territories themselves. We would like to see the easing of these restrictions continue, notwithstanding further terrorist or suicide attacks at or near the crossing.