Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 23 November 2023.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that British humanitarian aid to Gaza is not used by Hamas.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK condemns all forms of terror, including Hamas' 7 October massacre, and we are clear that Hamas can have no future in Gaza. Hamas does not represent the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people. The entirety of Hamas has been a proscribed terrorist organisation in the UK since November 2021. The FCDO carries out thorough due diligence assessment of all aid donations and ensures partners have procedures in place to manage the main risks of aid diversion from activities it funds including specific controls to ensure that cash/food assistance goes direct to the intended beneficiaries. Additionally, FCDO Humanitarian assistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories operates with an enhanced sensitivity and existing additional safeguards to protect against any possibility of aid diversion. These safeguards include measures on verification and mapping of downstream partners, non-payment of local taxes and enhanced due diligence processes.

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