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

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Question:  Thank you, Farhan.  Two questions.  First, does the Secretary‑General have any reaction to Israel’s killing of an Islamic Jihad leader and the subsequent rocketing of southern and central Israel?

Deputy Spokesman:  Just on that, I can say that we are concerned about reports of casualties on either side, and beyond that, we are monitoring the situation very closely.

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