HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC
SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES
THURSDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2018
On fuel movements to Gaza, two trucks went in today, with about 35,000 litres each. Tomorrow, seven more are expected. Over the month, the number of trucks per day is expected to rise to 15.
In addition to other long-term efforts underway to increase the energy supply, additional fuel for the Gaza Power Plant remains the fastest and most immediate way to increase electricity to help alleviate the humanitarian and related public health needs on the ground. The Secretary-General expresses his deep appreciation to the Government of Qatar for its $60 million contribution, which made the delivery possible and will allow continuation for the coming months.
While the UN welcomes the improvement in the electricity supply, the return of the Palestinian Authority will substantially better the humanitarian situation of Gaza’s population. Gaza remains an integral part of the two-state solution based on relevant UN resolutions.
The UN hopes that relieving the humanitarian pressure in Gaza will reduce tensions and the threat of escalation. Furthermore, the UN calls on the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to seriously engage with Egypt on reconciliation and move forward with implementing the 12 October 2017 Cairo Agreement.
Document Type: Highlights of the Noon Briefing
Document Sources: Department of Public Information (DPI), Secretary General
subject: Access and movement, Assistance, Closures-Curfews-Blockades, Gaza Strip, Governance, Living conditions, Palestinian Authority, Reconciliation