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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1466, tabled on 23 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel in respect of the current conflict in Gaza about (1) access for medical supplies and materials for the United Nations Relief andWorks Agency water and sewage project, (2) verification of any ceasefires, (3) the use of the Dutch scanner at Kerem Shalom crossing-point, and (4) negotiations for the release of Palestinians arrested since mid-June.

Answered on

30 July 2014

Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv have discussed the issue of access for medical supplies and materials for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) with the Israeli authorities. They also have discussed with the Israeli authorities the release of prisoners, released as part of the Galid Shalit deal but then recently re-arrested during Operation Brother's Keeper, as part of ceasefire negotiations. They have not discussed the use of the Dutch scanner at Kerem Shalom crossing-point.