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Gaza: Israel

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL6950, tabled on 16 April 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take following the killing of unarmed demonstrators during recent protests in Gaza.

Answered on

1 May 2018

The Minister for the Middle East, and I, have raised the use of force during the protests with the Israeli authorities, in particular the use of live ammunition which is of very deep concern. It is plain that Hamas and their operatives have been exploiting these protests for their own benefit, and we have been clear that Israel has the right to secure itself against Hamas and other terrorist groups. We continue to urge Israel to show restraint and the Palestinian leadership to ensure the protests are peaceful. There is a need to establish the facts, including why such a volume of live fire has been used and secondly what role Hamas has played in escalating and inciting violence. Given the importance of accountability, we are supportive of an independent and transparent investigation. We therefore welcome Israel's commitment to investigate the conduct of operations, and would urge that its findings be made public and if wrongdoing is found, that those responsible be held to account.