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UNITED
NATIONS
A

      General Assembly
Distr.
UNRESTRICTED
A/689
18 October 1948

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

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UNITED NATIONS



PROGRESS REPORT OF THE ACTING MEDIATOR FOR PALESTINE
SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR TRANSMISSION TO THE
MEMBERS OF THE UNITED NATIONS

(Supplement to Document A/648 (Part Three))



Introduction

1. In the last paragraph of Part Three of his Progress Report to the Secretary-General for transmission to the members of the United Nations (A/648 Part III) the late Mediator, Count Bernadotte, wrote:

2. The situation which Count Bernadotte outlined in his report and the suggestions which he advanced to meet that situation require elaboration and, to some extent, modification in the light of developments and additional information acquired during the intervening period. This is the purpose of the present report.

3. The urgency of the need for assistance has been accentuated. The amounts contributed in response to the Mediator's appeal have been far from adequate to meet the need. The problem is far beyond the capacity of the Arab States and the refugees must therefore look to the generosity of the world.

The Present Situation

4. The situation of the Palestine refugees is now critical, and unless adequate and effective aid comes quickly, their position will become desperate within a few weeks. Indeed there is already a marked increase in preventable deaths, especially among children.

5. The rapid deterioration that has set in since the time of the Mediator's report is due mainly to three factors.

6. These figures for Arab and Jewish refugees do not include the large number of persons who have not left their own districts but who are, nevertheless, totally destitute as a result of military operations.

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