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Source: United Nations News Service (See also > DPI)
12 June 2007


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.

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**Secretary-General Statement on Gaza Violence

A statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the violence in Gaza:

The Secretary-General this morning spoke to President Abbas to convey his concerns.

** Gaza Update

As violent clashes between Hamas and Fatah loyalists enter their sixth day in the Gaza Strip, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) expressed its alarm at the number of people killed and injured, and has warned that delivery of humanitarian assistance is in serious jeopardy.

Three of UNRWA’s five food distribution centres and seven of UNRWA’s 18 health clinics were forced to close as fighting raged in their immediate vicinity and, in some cases, spilled over into the premises today.  John Ging, Director of UNRWA’s Operation in Gaza, said the Agency cannot deliver humanitarian aid in the crossfire, and said the Agency calls on all Palestinian leaders to use their influence to resolve their disputes through peaceful means.

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