Gaza

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the threat posed to the health of children and pregnant mothers in Gaza by the contamination of the water supply with nitrate, due to restrictions on the import of sanitation equipment caused by the ongoing blockade by Israel, in the light of the recent report by Medical Aid to Palestinians and Save the Children Fund.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

We are aware of the recent report by Medical Aid to Palestinians and Save the Children Fund and are considering its findings carefully. The UK has for some time been very concerned about the humanitarian impact of movement and access restrictions on the people of Gaza, which is clearly unacceptable. UK officials regularly discuss the issue of access to water with Israeli counterparts, and have repeatedly called on Israel to allow entry of essential items on the dual-use list to allow for rehabilitation of the water network.

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