Middle East

House of Lords written question – answered on 22nd July 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the safety of civilians in Gaza, in the light of the possibility of ground troops being deployed there.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We are deeply concerned by the continued violence in Gaza and Israel and call on all sides to de-escalate to avoid further civilian casualties. We have stressed to Israel counterparts our concern that a ground invasion of Gaza would increase the risk of civilian casualties, and that a large ground operation risks prolonging the conflict.

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