Middle East

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Margaret Ritchie Margaret Ritchie Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of whether recent Israeli military operations in Gaza are in breach of international law.

Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 July 2014, Official Report, column 1050W, on the Middle East, when his Department will conduct a full assessment of whether Israeli military action during Operation Protective Edge has complied with its international legal obligations.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We are clear that there must be meaningful investigations into possible violations of international humanitarian law by all sides, including those abuses committed by Hamas and other militant groups. We call on all parties to co-operate with the UN Commission of Inquiry, which must be balanced and impartial.

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