UN / LEBANON ISRAEL UPDATE

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The UN is “concerned about the escalatory developments, including rocket fire into Israel and air strikes and artillery fire in response, across the Blue Line in recent days," and called on “all parties to exercise utmost restraint and maintain stability.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 06 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

06 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“We are concerned about the escalatory developments, including rocket fire into Israel and air strikes and artillery fire in response, across the Blue Line in recent days. We call on all parties to exercise utmost restraint and maintain stability. Lebanon cannot afford another crisis. It is paramount that all actors involved avoid actions that can further heighten tensions and lead to miscalculation. UNIFIL’s Head of Mission and Force Commander, Major General Stefano Del Col, is in direct contact with the parties. He calls on everyone to immediately cease fire. This is a very dangerous situation, with escalatory actions seen on both sides over the past two days. UNIFIL calls on the parties to cease fire and maintain calm so that it can begin an investigation. In addition, the Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, exercising her good offices, has activated her political contacts and reached out to all stakeholders concerned. The potential for miscalculation presents the risk of serious consequences. Maximum restraint is required to prevent further escalation.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room

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The UN is “concerned about the escalatory developments, including rocket fire into Israel and air strikes and artillery fire in response, across the Blue Line in recent days," and called on “all parties to exercise utmost restraint and maintain stability.”

Speaking to reporters today (06 Aug) in New York, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said, “Lebanon cannot afford another crisis. It is paramount that all actors involved avoid actions that can further heighten tensions and lead to miscalculation.”

He continued, “UNIFIL’s Head of Mission and Force Commander, Major General Stefano Del Col, is in direct contact with the parties. He calls on everyone to immediately cease fire. This is a very dangerous situation, with escalatory actions seen on both sides over the past two days.” UNIFIL called on “the parties to cease fire and maintain calm so that it can begin an investigation.”

In addition, the Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, exercising her good offices, has activated her political contacts and reached out to all stakeholders concerned.

Haq said, “The potential for miscalculation presents the risk of serious consequences. Maximum restraint is required to prevent further escalation.”
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