UN / GAZA UPDATE

20-Apr-2018 00:01:14
UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov was following the situation along the Gaza fence with concern. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GAZA UPDATE
TRT: 01:14
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

19 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, continues to follow with concern the situation along the Gaza fence. This is the fourth consecutive Friday where we are witnessing Palestinian casualties. He reiterates that Israeli security forces must calibrate the use of force and only employ lethal force as a last resort. He also reiterates his call on Palestinians to avoid friction at the Gaza fence.”
5. Med shot, journalist asking question
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Well, these are actions by the Israeli Defence Forces and other security forces so it is appropriate that Israel be the one that investigates them. And we will continue with that call, and we are pressing the case. There obviously needs to be a thorough investigation into all such actions, otherwise we will never be able to break out of the cycle of violence and unrest until it is clear that the parties themselves can police the actions of the people on the ground.”
7. Wide shot, Haq at podium
STORYLINE
UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov was following the situation along the Gaza fence with concern.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (20 Apr), Haq said this was the fourth consecutive Friday “where we are witnessing Palestinian casualties.” He said Mladenov reiterated “that Israeli security forces must calibrate the use of force and only employ lethal force as a last resort” and called on Palestinians to “avoid friction at the Gaza fence.”

In response to a question about the number of minors held in Israeli prisons, Haq said the UN’s latest information was that as of the end of February 356 minors were being held in Israeli prisons as security detainees or prisoners, with another five being held for being in Israel illegally. He reiterated the UN’s demand that all minors be charged promptly or be released.

Asked why the UN has not called for an international investigation into the violence in Gaza, Haq said, “these are actions by the Israeli Defence Forces and other security forces so it is appropriate that Israel be the one that investigates them; and we will continue with that call, and we are pressing the case; there obviously needs to be a thorough investigation into all such actions, otherwise we will never be able to break out of the cycle of violence and unrest until it is clear that the parties themselves can police the actions of the people on the ground.”
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