UN / GAZA ISRAEL EMERGENCY MEETING

30-Oct-2023 00:06:50
Quoting a report by the NGO Save the Children, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, said that nearly 3,200 children were killed in Gaza in three weeks, surpassing the number of children killed annually across the world's conflict zones since 2019. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GAZA ISRAEL EMERGENCY MEETING
TRT: 06:50
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 30 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

30 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA):
“Nearly 70 per cent of those reported killed are children and women. Save the Children reported yesterday that nearly 3,200 children were killed in Gaza in just three weeks. This surpasses the number of children killed annually across the world's conflict zones since 2019. This cannot be ‘collateral damage.’”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA):
“I lost 64 colleagues in just over three weeks. The last tragic passing confirmed was 2 hours ago. Samir, Head of security and safety in the middle region was killed with his wife and 8 children. This is the highest number of UN aid workers killed in a conflict in such a short time.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA):
“Today, Gazans feel that they are not treated as other civilians. Most of them feel trapped in a war they have nothing to do with! They feel the world is equating all of them to Hamas. This is dangerous. And we know this too well from previous conflicts and crises.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA):
“An entire population is being de-humanized. The atrocities of Hamas do not absolve the State of Israel from its obligations under International Humanitarian Law. Every war has rules, and this one is no exception.”
10. Med shot, Security Council president
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine Russell, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“UNICEF and our partners are committed to staying on the ground to deliver for children. But make no mistake, the situation grows worse by the hour … and without an urgent end to the hostilities, I am deeply afraid for the fate of the region’s children. But we … and you … have the power to help lift children out of this spiral of violence.”
12. Med shot, Council members
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine Russell, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“I implore the Security Council to immediately adopt a resolution that reminds parties of their obligations under international law … calls for a ceasefire … demands that parties allow safe and unimpeded humanitarian access … demands the immediate and safe release of all 6 abducted children … and urges parties to afford children the special protection to which they are entitled.”
14. Med shot, Council members
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine Russell, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“On behalf of all the children caught in this nightmare, we call on the world to do better. Whether they are young people attending a music festival, or children going about their daily lives in Gaza, they deserve peace. Children do not start conflicts, and they are powerless to stop them.”
16. Med shot, Council members
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Lisa Doughten, Director, Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“The scale of the horror people are experiencing in Gaza is hard to convey. People are becoming increasingly desperate, as they search for food, water and shelter amid a relentless bombing campaign that is wiping out whole families and entire neighborhoods.”
20. Pan left, Security Council
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Lisa Doughten, Director, Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“We are deeply concerned by allegations of military installations in the close vicinity of hospitals and the request by Israeli authorities for hospitals, including Al Quds and Shifa, to be evacuated – there is nowhere safe for patients to go, and for those on life support and babies in incubators, moving would almost certainly be a death sentence.”
22. Med shot, Council members
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Lisa Doughten, Director, Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“We have very real fears about what lies ahead. The current situation may pale in comparison with what is to come. There is a genuine risk that this war could escalate further and spillover into the wider region. We must take urgent collective action to prevent this.”
24. Med shot, Council members
25. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“The lives of UN personnel must be protected. The lives of humanitarian workers must be protected. The lives of journalists must be protected. The lives of all civilians, innocent civilians, Israeli and Palestinians, men and women, children and elderly, must be protected. There's no hierarchy when it comes to protecting civilian lives. A civilian is a civilian is a civilian.”
26. Med shot, Council members
27. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“The priority of the global community now is to stop the bloodshed and to minimize the harm to the civilian population. And to move the situation into the political diplomatic sphere. There must be a consolidation of collective efforts aimed at relaunching a fully-fledged negotiating process between Israelis and Palestinians, with the aim of realizing the UN endorsed two state solution. On the basis of that, an independent Palestinian state should be created in the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital coexisting in peace and security with Israel.”
28. Wide shot, Security Council
29. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, State of Palestine:
“No assault or war will ever end this conflict or resolve this injustice, it will only deepen and widen it. We have said time and time again there is no military solution to this conflict. We are yet to demonstrate there is a peaceful one. Prove us wrong. Every minute counts. Every minute is the difference between life and death for Palestinians in Gaza.”
30. Med shot, Council members
31. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“We will wear this star until you condemn the atrocities of Hamas and demand the immediate release of our hostages. We walk with a yellow star as a symbol of pride, a reminder that we swore to fight back to defend ourselves. Never again is now.”
32. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
Quoting a report by the NGO Save the Children, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, said that nearly 3,200 children were killed in Gaza in three weeks, surpassing the number of children killed annually across the world's conflict zones since 2019.

Addressing the Security Council in New York today (30 Oct), Lazzarini added, “This cannot be ‘collateral damage.’”

The Commissioner-General also said, “I lost 64 colleagues in just over three weeks. The last tragic passing confirmed was 2 hours ago. Samir, Head of security and safety in the middle region was killed with his wife and 8 children. This is the highest number of UN aid workers killed in a conflict in such a short time.”

According to Lazzarini, “today, Gazans feel that they are not treated as other civilians.”

“Most of them feel trapped in a war they have nothing to do with! They feel the world is equating all of them to Hamas. This is dangerous. And we know this too well from previous conflicts and crises,” said UNRWA’s chief.

Lazzarini concluded, “An entire population is being de-humanized. The atrocities of Hamas do not absolve the State of Israel from its obligations under International Humanitarian Law. Every war has rules, and this one is no exception.”

The Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Catherine Russell, also addressed the Council, saying that the agency and its partners are “committed to staying on the ground to deliver for children.”

Russel continued, “But make no mistake, the situation grows worse by the hour … and without an urgent end to the hostilities, I am deeply afraid for the fate of the region’s children. But we … and you … have the power to help lift children out of this spiral of violence.”

Addressing Council members, Russell said, “I implore the Security Council to immediately adopt a resolution that reminds parties of their obligations under international law … calls for a ceasefire … demands that parties allow safe and unimpeded humanitarian access … demands the immediate and safe release of all 6 abducted children … and urges parties to afford children the special protection to which they are entitled.”

UNICEF’s chief concluded, “On behalf of all the children caught in this nightmare, we call on the world to do better. Whether they are young people attending a music festival, or children going about their daily lives in Gaza, they deserve peace. Children do not start conflicts, and they are powerless to stop them.”

Also at the meeting, the Director of the Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization Division of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Lisa Doughten, noted that the “scale of the horror people are experiencing in Gaza is hard to convey.”

According to her, “people are becoming increasingly desperate, as they search for food, water and shelter amid a relentless bombing campaign that is wiping out whole families and entire neighborhoods.”

Doughten also said, “We are deeply concerned by allegations of military installations in the close vicinity of hospitals and the request by Israeli authorities for hospitals, including Al Quds and Shifa, to be evacuated – there is nowhere safe for patients to go, and for those on life support and babies in incubators, moving would almost certainly be a death sentence.”

Doughten said that OCHA has “very real fears about what lies ahead” and “the current situation may pale in comparison with what is to come.”

“There is a genuine risk that this war could escalate further and spillover into the wider region. We must take urgent collective action to prevent this,” she said.

The Permanent Representative of the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, noted that 64 UNRWA staff members have been killed in the last three weeks, saying that the lives of UN personnel “must be protected.”

Thomas-Greenfield added, “The lives of humanitarian workers must be protected. The lives of journalists must be protected. The lives of all civilians, innocent civilians, Israeli and Palestinians, men and women, children and elderly, must be protected. There's no hierarchy when it comes to protecting civilian lives. A civilian is a civilian is a civilian.”

Vasily Nebenzya, the Russian Permanent Representative, said, “The priority of the global community now is to stop the bloodshed and to minimize the harm to the civilian population. And to move the situation into the political diplomatic sphere. There must be a consolidation of collective efforts aimed at relaunching a fully-fledged negotiating process between Israelis and Palestinians, with the aim of realizing the UN endorsed two state solution. On the basis of that, an independent Palestinian state should be created in the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital coexisting in peace and security with Israel.”

The Permanent Observer to the UN of the State of Palestine, Riyad H. Mansour, noted that “no assault or war will ever end this conflict or resolve this injustice, it will only deepen and widen it.”

Mansour added, “We have said time and time again there is no military solution to this conflict. We are yet to demonstrate there is a peaceful one. Every minute counts. Every minute is the difference between life and death for Palestinians in Gaza.”

During his speech, the Permanent Representative of Israel, Gilad Erdan, put a yellow star on his lapel and announced that he and his team would start wearing one. The yellow badge was a badge that Jews were ordered to wear by some caliphates during the Middle Ages, some European powers during the Medieval and early modern periods, and the Axis powers in World War II.

Erdan said, “We will wear this star until you condemn the atrocities of Hamas and demand the immediate release of our hostages. We walk with a yellow star as a symbol of pride, a reminder that we swore to fight back to defend ourselves. Never again is now.”
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