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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL151, tabled on 1 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning the recent economic monitoring report by the World Bank regarding the economy of Gaza; and what steps they are taking to address the high level of youth unemployment in Gaza.

Answered on

9 June 2015

While we have not discussed this specific report by the World Bank with the Government of Israel, we continue to stress to the Israeli authorities the damage that their restrictions are doing to the living standards of ordinary Palestinians in Gaza and that supporting legal trade for Gazans is firmly in Israel’s long-term interests.

The Department for International Development’s current work on Gaza addresses the key access constraints, promotes economic growth and provides support to the poorest and most vulnerable parts of society.