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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL496, tabled on 19 June 2014

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed with the government of Israel progress on United Nations-funded projects in Gaza (1) for which clearance has been given, and (2) for which clearance is awaited; and with what result.

Answered on

1 July 2014

We remain concerned at the impact of Israeli restrictions on private sector and humanitarian construction. We press Israel, as the Occupying Power, to ease its restrictions – including on construction materials - on Gaza, stressing the damage that those restrictions are doing to the living standards of ordinary Palestinians and that supporting legal trade for Gazans is firmly in Israel's long-term interests. Officials in Tel Aviv discussed UN reconstruction projects in Gaza with the Israeli authorities in April 2014. Subsequently United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) received re-approval from the Israeli authorities for eight previously approved construction projects. In addition one new project was approved.