29 OCTOBER 2018
 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:  Thank you, Stéphane.  Does the Secretary‑General have any reaction to the killing of the Palestinians, five Palestinians over the weekend and three Palestinians killed today in Israeli air raid?  Does he have anything to say about that?

Spokesman:  Yes.  The Secretary‑General deplores the deaths of three Palestinian children last night as a result of an Israeli air strike near Gaza.  The targeting of children or exposing them to risks leading to violence is utterly unacceptable.  His thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims.  He appeals to all to refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties, in particular, any measures that could place children in harm’s way.  And you will have seen that Mr. [Nickolay] Mladenov also over… tweeted out his sympathies to the families of the three Palestinian children, and he said, “Such tragedies must be avoided at all costs.”  Linda?

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