House of Lords written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the United Nations report on the number of patients in Gaza waiting to leave for critical treatment; and what progress the European Union has made in respect of ending the blockade.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

We have not raised this UN report with the Israeli authorities, but are working with them to ensure continued smooth access to Gaza for UK medical professionals as part of the Department for International Development's Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) programme. The EU continues to urge the parties to fully implement the temporary mechanism for monitoring and verification of reconstruction materials negotiated by the UN, Palestinian Authority and Israel, as an important step towards the necessary urgent opening of all crossing points. The EU continues to stress the importance of a change of the Israeli policy, allowing Gaza to trade normally and on a permanent basis.

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