§ Mr. Nellist
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Prime Minister or Government of Israel concerning the third anniversary of the intifada on 9 December; what is the latest information available to his Department on the numbers(a) killed, (b) injured, (c) deported, or (d) arrested during the intifada; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
We estimate that since the outbreak of intifada, 858 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli defence forces, 58 deported and about 10,000 held in administrative detention. Figures for the wounded range from an Israeli estimate of about 13,000 to the Palestine human rights information centre's estimate of about424W 100,000. These figures speak for themselves and show clearly the urgent need for a settlement to the underlying political dispute. We continue to underline the importance of this in our contacts with the Israeli Government, as well as the need for maximum restraint by the Israeli defence forces.