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Israel: Gaza

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee), Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times in the past two years he has made representations to the Government of Israel on lifting the blockade of Gaza.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Our Embassy in Tel Aviv regularly raises the issue of restrictions on Gaza with Israeli authorities, stressing their effect on Gaza’s economic development, and urging Israel to go further in easing movement and access restrictions. The Foreign Secretary most recently raised the situation in Gaza during his visit to Israel in March. I went to Gaza in August and raised the matter with Israeli authorities. We also continue to urge Egypt to show maximum flexibility in opening the Rafah crossing.

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