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Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL4261, tabled on 19 January 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likely mortality rate in Gaza over the winter months from lack of shelter, food, medicine and electricity; and whether they have any plans for a minister to make a visit there to assess the level of humanitarian suffering.

Answered on

2 February 2015

We remain deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Gaza. The UN makes regular assessments of the situation in Gaza. In their latest bulletin, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs note that the situation remains extremely fragile, marked by slow progress in the reconstruction of homes and infrastructure destroyed during the summer hostilities, and compounded by the ongoing energy crisis and growing internal political tensions. The UN Relief and Works Agency has reported two deaths in January due to the cold and inadequate shelter. UK Ministers make regular visits to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.