HC Deb 14 May 2002 vol 385 cc548-9W
Angus Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning the death of Dr. Khalil Suleiman in Jenin on 4 March; what assessment he has made of the cause of death of Dr. Khalil Suleiman; and if he will make a statement. [55158]

Mr. Bradshaw

We greatly regret the death of Dr. Suleiman who was the well-respected Director of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society's ambulance service.

We have repeatedly raised our concerns with the Israeli authorities about the need to allow ambulance workers to go about their business unimpeded and to allow humanitarian access to those in need. We have called on Israel to take all necessary precautions to spare civilians and civilian property.

We do not have confirmation of the exact circumstances surrounding Dr. Suleiman's death and we look to the relevant authorities to investigate them.