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8 July 2014
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC , SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
TUESDAY, 8 JULY 2014
U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS FOR MAXIMUM RESTRAINT IN GAZA AND SOUTHERN ISRAEL
the recent multiple rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza. These indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas must stop.
The Secretary-General is extremely concerned at the dangerous escalation of violence, which has already resulted in multiple Palestinian deaths and injuries as a result of Israeli operations against Gaza.
He reiterates his call on all actors to exercise maximum restraint and avoid further civilian casualties and overall destabilization. It is imperative now to restore calm.
The unsustainable situation in Gaza will also need to be addressed in its political, security, humanitarian and development dimensions as part of a comprehensive solution.
Asked what the Secretary-General is doing to de-escalate the situation, the Spokesman said that the Secretary-General is following the situation closely. The Quartet envoys have been in touch with each other in recent days, including UN
Asked about the Secretary-General’s contacts on the matter, Dujarric said that the Secretary-General’s call for an end to the violence has been clear.
Asked about a letter from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the Spokesman said the letter is being examined. He noted that the Israeli authorities have actively investigated and made a number of arrests in the case of the killing of a Palestinian teenager and said that the United Nations would like to see a thorough investigation done into the matter and to other events on the ground.