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26 November 2008
Spokesperson's Noon Briefing
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Michèle Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
The Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reports that the Kerem Shalom crossing, the Karni conveyor belt, and the Nahal Oz fuel pipelines were all open today.
As a result, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was able to get 12 trucks into Gaza.
The remaining seven contained medicines and food, which were donated by Jordan. But despite fuel coming through for the power plant, UNSCO says spare parts are still needed -– meaning that Gaza City will still be experiencing rotating power cuts of several hours.
Meanwhile, a humanitarian appeal for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which was launched last week in Geneva, was launched locally in Jerusalem today. Speaking at the launch, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for the territory, Maxwell Gaylard, said the situation there was “an assault on human dignity”.
He added that many people, especially in the Gaza Strip, are paying a heavy price, struggling daily to have enough food and water to feed and wash their children.
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