Middle East

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th July 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have about the use of Dense Inert Metal Explosive during the recent Gaza attacks; and what investigations they plan to make into the nature of the weapons being used.

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 aware of press reporting of these allegations. We do not have evidence that Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME) munitions have been used during the recent events in Gaza. The UK has no plans to make an investigation into the nature of weapons being used. However, the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend Mr Cameron has urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to do everything to avoid civilian casualties, to exercise restraint and to help find ways to bring this situation to a close.

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