Gaza: Fuel Poverty

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 5th August 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported use of collective punishment by the government of Israel, and in particular, the impact of that policy on the level of fuel poverty in Gaza.

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

​We have serious concerns about Israel's movement and access restrictions on Gaza, and are deeply concerned by the fuel shortages, which are exacerbating the dire humanitarian situation. The Minster for the Middle East discussed the situation in Gaza during his visit there in May. Our Embassy in Tel Aviv and our Consulate-General in Jerusalem frequently urge the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to take steps to improve conditions in Gaza. Addressing Gaza's energy shortfall is critical. We are working to address the underlying causes of the humanitarian situation in Gaza by focusing on economic development, including enhancing the supply of electricity.

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