House of Lords written question – answered on 27th February 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the airstrikes in Gaza on 3 February which wounded four civilians, and destroyed and damaged civilian buildings and a water tank.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The UK remains concerned about the situation in Gaza and by recent incidents in and around Gaza.

We continue to urge restraint on all sides and to condemn any acts that might lead to an escalation of the fragile situation on the ground or cause civilian casualties. All such violence represents both an unacceptable risk to innocent life and a real obstacle to direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

We have not raised the specific incidents on 3 February, but are continuing to monitor developments closely and to raise our concerns as appropriate.

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