Israel: Palestinians

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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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 that 19 Palestinians have lost one or both eyes as a result of being fired at by Israeli forces.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State, The Minister of State, Department for International Development

While we have not made representations on these reports, we have repeatedly made clear to the Israeli authorities our longstanding concerns about the manner in which the Israel Defense Forces police non-violent protests and the border areas, including the use of live ammunition. We encourage them to carry out transparent investigations into whether the use of live fire had been appropriate and call on Israel to adhere to the principles of necessity and proportionality when defending its legitimate security interest.

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