Occupied Territories

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 25th October 2007.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

(1) what assessment has been made of the likely impact of Israel's declaration that Gaza is a hostile entity on the humanitarian situation in Gaza, including on the supply of water, power, fuel and food supplies;

(2) what representations the Government has made to Israel on its declaration that Gaza is a hostile entity.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

We are concerned about reports that the Israeli Government may reduce services to Gaza.

Israel has expressed its commitment to avoiding a humanitarian crisis in Gaza and we continue to call on them to maintain this and ensure that their actions are in accordance with international law. Innocent Palestinians should not suffer because of the actions of violent extremists.

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