Israel: Palestinians

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of Israeli forces using live rounds against schoolchildren who protested those forces invading school grounds; whether they intend to take action in response; if so, what; if not, why not; and whether they have made representations on the issue to the government of Israel.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We are very concerned at the high numbers of Palestinians killed by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the West Bank and Gaza. We have raised the issue with the Israeli authorities, encouraging them to carry out transparent investigations into whether the use of live fire has been appropriate.

The UK has repeatedly made clear to Israel our longstanding concerns about the manner in which the IDF polices protests and the border areas, including use of live ammunition. We will continue to do so.

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