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23-Nov-2016 00:02:00
The UN top humanitarian official noted that 70 percent of the population in the Gaza Strip currently receives some form of international assistance, yet he said “our ability to deliver that assistance has become increasingly restricted.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 23 NOVEMBER2016, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

26 JANUARY 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O'Brien United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“In the occupied Gaza Strip, 70 percent of the population currently receives some form of international assistance, mostly food aid. Yet our ability to deliver that assistance has become increasingly restricted.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O'Brien United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“Ultimately, real progress in Gaza requires a full lifting of the blockade by Israel in line with the resolutions of this Council and the General Assembly. Until that happens, Israel must ensure that items needed for reconstruction, relief, and emergency preparedness are allowed entry; and that aid workers are able to move about to do they vital work.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O'Brien United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs:
“Palestinians in Area C are living in an increasingly coercive environment created by discriminatory planning policies, demolitions, the active promotions of plans to relocate Bedouins to new townships and other practices that generate miserable living conditions and create pressure on people to move elsewhere. Much of this occurs in the line of sight of new or expanded Israeli settlements, illegal under international law as reiterated by successive resolutions by this Council.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“Recent developments in Israel are increasingly worrying. Last week despite strong opposition, the so-called legalization bill passed a preliminary vote in the Knesset. If adopted, the bill would enable the expansion of illegal settlements and outposts in private Palestinian land. If ratified, it would constitute a breach of international law, and according to Israel’s own Attorney General, it would also be unconstitutional.”
11. Wide shot, Council
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The United Nations (UN) top humanitarian official today (23 Nov) noted that 70 percent of the population in the Gaza Strip currently receives some form of international assistance, yet he said “our ability to deliver that assistance has become increasingly restricted.”

Addressing the Security Council, Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, said “ultimately, real progress in Gaza requires a full lifting of the blockade by Israel in line with the resolutions of this Council and the General Assembly. Until that happens, Israel must ensure that items needed for reconstruction, relief, and emergency preparedness are allowed entry; and that aid workers are able to move about to do they vital work.”

In the West Bank, he reported, the pace of demolitions and confiscations of Palestinian property by the Israeli authorities has far exceeded previous years on record – more than double this year compared to 2015.

In the disputed Area C, O’brien said, Palestinians “are living in an increasingly coercive environment created by discriminatory planning policies, demolitions, the active promotions of plans to relocate Bedouins to new townships and other practices that generate miserable living conditions and create pressure on people to move elsewhere.”

Much of this, he said, “occurs in the line of sight of new or expanded Israeli settlements, illegal under international law as reiterated by successive resolutions by this Council.”

Also addressing the Council, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said “recent developments in Israel are increasingly worrying. Last week despite strong opposition, the so-called legalization bill passed a preliminary vote in the Knesset. If adopted, the bill would enable the expansion of illegal settlements and outposts in private Palestinian land. If ratified, it would constitute a breach of international law, and according to Israel’s own Attorney General, it would also be unconstitutional.”

Mladenov said that he visited Nablus, in the West Bank, twice this month, adding that the harsh conditions he saw, combined with regular Israeli incursions and the lack of a permanent home, create a potential for violence.
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