The following is a near‑verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary‑General.

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Question:  My second question, we asked you, Stéphane, about the… Heba al‑Labadi, who is on a hunger strike for the fourth week, we asked you about the 500 fanatics who invaded the Al Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, this… the confiscation of 700 acres from the cit… village of Qaryout, and the 70 people who were wounded on the last Friday March of Return.  And you said, I get back to you.  We are waiting for you to come back with some information.  Thank you.

Spokesman:  In terms of the incidents that we saw on the Gaza border, as we’ve always said, that Israel must calibrate its use of force and use lethal force only as a last resort and only in response to imminent threats or serious injury.  And it is important that Hamas ensure that protests at the fence remain peaceful and prevent any provocations.  On the issue of the land that was taken, that’s an issue that Mr. Mladenov, I think, will raise during his next Security Council briefing.  Maria.

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