Gaza: Bombings

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 19 April 2024.

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Photo of Apsana Begum Apsana Begum Labour, Poplar and Limehouse

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has made a recent estimate of the number of (a) schools, (b) hospitals and (c) refugee camps in Gaza that have been struck by bombs since 8 October 2023.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

It is clear that the international community will need to make a massive effort to deliver a reconstruction plan for Gaza

All parties must act within International Humanitarian Law. Hamas is putting Palestinian civilians at grave risk by embedding themselves in the civilian population and civilian infrastructure.

We also want to see Israel take greater care to limit its operations to military targets and avoid harming civilians and destroying homes.

The Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister have underlined the need for Israel to increase the amount of aid getting into Gaza, deconflict with the UN and aid agencies, protect civilians and repair vital infrastructure like hospitals and water networks.

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