Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 4th March 2013.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli government on civilian casualties in Gaza.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Government has repeatedly called on Israel to observe international humanitarian law and do everything possible to avoid civilian casualties, including in the context of the Gaza conflict last November. We have made clear to Israel our longstanding concerns about the manner in which the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) polices the buffer zone between Israel and Gaza. In the context of recent cases of Palestinian civilians killed by the IDF in both Gaza and the West Bank, officials from our embassy in Tel Aviv have reiterated our concerns over the IDF's use of live ammunition with both the Israeli Ministry of Defence and National Security Council.

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