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Middle East

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1408, tabled on 22 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Israel about their ground incursion into Gaza.

Answered on

4 August 2014

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), discussed the current crisis in Gaza with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman during his visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories between 23-24 July. He made clear that whilst Israel had a right to self-defence, any response must be proportionate and maximum efforts made to avoid civilian casualties. He urged progress towards a ceasefire.