Gaza and Lebanon: White Phosphorus

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 28 November 2023.

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Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he made an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of reports by (a) Human Rights Watch and (b) Amnesty International alleging the use of white phosphorus in (i) Lebanon and (ii) Gaza.

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

We are aware of reports from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International alleging the use of white phosphorus in Lebanon and Gaza. HMG will not provide a running commentary on possible violations of International Humanitarian Law. The Government keeps policy regularly under review to ensure it meets our obligations and needs at the time. While it is the responsibility of the parties themselves to ensure respect for International Humanitarian Law, the UK Government is scrupulous in ensuring that its own actions do not in any way assist or support the violation of international law.

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