UN / PALESTINE GAZA PRESSER

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Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Israeli “aggression" on Gaza and called on the Security Council to “shoulder its responsibility.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

13 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, ambassadors approaching stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this aggression by Israel. They are the ones who precipitated this round of violence for the last 48 hours.”
4. Wide shot, ambassadors at stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“We want the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility with regard to this situation threatening international peace and security, and it is unfortunately, the Security Council is paralysed. It did not shoulder its responsibility. Nevertheless, we will keep knocking on the door of Security Council to shoulder its responsibility.”
6. Med shot, Palestinian ambassador speaking to journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“I hope the efforts by our brothers in Egypt, of having, you know, the ceasefire to be put in place – that will hold. It is the ceasefire which was brokered under the leadership of the Palestinian people, under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas, in the year 2014; which is not only a ceasefire, but also beginning the process of lifting the blockade. There is a miserable situation of our people in the Gaza strip as a result of this blockade, which is immoral, illegal, and it is inhumane. That blockade needs to be lifted so that the people in the Gaza Strip can begin the process of returning to a normal situation, as much as “normal” could be under occupation.”
8. Pan right, ambassadors leaving stakeout

STORYLINE:

Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Israeli “aggression" on Gaza and called on the Security Council to “shoulder its responsibility.”

Speaking today (13 Nov) to reporters following a closed meeting of the Council, which was called for by Kuwait and Bolivia, Mansour said Israel “precipitated this round of violence for the last 48 hours” when Israeli soldiers dressed as civilians entered three kilometres into Gaza and were confronted by militants there. He said the Security Council was “paralysed” as one particular country refused action on Palestinian issues but underscored that his delegation would “keep knocking on the door of Security Council to shoulder its responsibility.”

The Palestinian ambassador expressed his appreciation for the Egyptian efforts to reinstate a 2014-ceasfire and hoped the efforts would hold. Mansour said the agreement was not only a ceasefire but a beginning to the process of lift the Israeli blockade on Gaza which he described as “immoral, illegal,” and “inhumane.” He stressed that people in Gaza were facing a “miserable situation” adding that the blockade needed to be lifted so that Palestinians there could return to a “a normal situation, as much as “normal” could be under occupation.”
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