Gaza: Israel

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered am ar 13 Mai 2024.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he supports the Israeli government exercising military operations in Rafah.

Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has had discussions with his Israeli counterpart on the criteria under which they would cease preparations for a military operation in Rafah.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

We are clear that we would not support a major operation in Rafah unless there is a very clear plan for how to protect people and save lives. We have not seen that plan so, in these circumstances, we would not support a major operation in Rafah.

The fastest way to end the conflict is to secure a deal which gets the hostages out and allows for a pause in the fighting in Gaza. We must then work with our international partners to turn that pause into a sustainable, permanent ceasefire.

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