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28 July 2006

Send aid, not bombs, from Scotland

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today called for an immediate end to the use of Scottish airports as staging posts for Israeli arms shipments.

Mr Barrett has been leading the campaign to expose whether other Scottish airports have been used for so-called ‘bomb flights’ to the Middle East.

John has today written to Hillary Benn, the Secretary of State for International Development to establish if any of the agreed UK aid package has arrived in the Lebanon and raising concerns that the bombing on the ground is preventing the aid from reaching those who need it most.


John Barrett MP discusses ‘bomb flights’ to Israel on Newsnight Scotland

In a statement, John Barrett said:

“The current bombing is making it impossible for much-needed aid to reach the people of Lebanon. Without a ceasefire, the humanitarian situation, which has already reached a crisis point, will continue to deteriorate.

“The role of the UK should be a broker for a ceasefire not as a stop-over for US aircraft supplying the very bombs that are killing innocent civilians and UN observers.

“It is complete hypocrisy that our own humanitarian assistance cannot reach people on the ground because of a conflict that these bomb flights from Scotland are helping to escalate. An immediate ceasefire would allow the injured to be removed, the innocent to evacuate danger zones and humanitarian aid to reach those who cannot move.

“Scottish airports should be used to fly in aid to rebuild the region and to save lives, not to deliver bombs to continue the destruction.”


Notes

• John Barrett has today written to Hillary Benn, the Secretary of State for International Development asking whether any of the UK aid outlined in his statement earlier this week is yet reaching those worst affected by the war in Lebanon.

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