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19 November 2014
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
THURSDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2014
MIDDLE EAST: SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS ATTACK ON SYNAGOGUE AND ALL ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CIVILIANS
The Secretaary-General strongly
the attack on Tuesday on a synagogue in West Jerusalem, which claimed five lives and injured several persons. He extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
He said that clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces continue on a near daily basis in many parts of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The Secretary-General condemns all acts of violence against civilians. Attacks against religious sites in Jerusalem and the West Bank point to an additional dangerous dimension to the conflict which reverberates far beyond the region.
The steadily worsening situation on the ground only reinforces the imperative for leaders on both sides to make the difficult decisions that will promote stability and ensure long-term security for both Israelis and Palestinians.