Gaza: Israel

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

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent violent protests and Israeli military exercises on stability in the region of the Gaza border.

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)

We remain very concerned about the situation in Gaza. We regularly raise our concerns about Gaza with the Israeli authorities, urging them to work together with the Palestinian Authority and Egypt to see long-term improvements. We are clear that that Israel has the right to protect itself, as it is plain that Hamas and its operatives have exploited the recent protests for their own benefit. We also remain concerned about the impact of the humanitarian situation, and we continue to raise concerns about Israel's conduct of the occupation.

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