HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC

SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES

THURSDAY, 14 NOVEMBER 2019

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GAZA
Nickolay Mladenov, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said today that Egypt and the UN had worked hard to prevent the most dangerous escalation in and around Gaza from leading to war.
He said that the coming hours and days will be critical and that all must show maximum restraint and do their part to prevent bloodshed. The Middle East does not need more wars, he said.

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Question:  Thank you, Stéphane.  Thank you very much.  I just wanted to find out about this situation in — what do you call — in Gaza and vis‑à‑vis Israeli attacks or killing of Palestinians who they deemed were terrorists.  How do you determine who are terrorists and who are not terrorists?

Spokesman:  I would refer you to the statement we made yesterday, and I will leave it at that for the time being.  This situation is ongoing.  Yes, Stefano?

Correspondent:  So [inaudible] you think… you take the word of the Israeli Government…

Spokesman:  It’s not about taking the word.  We’ve always stood against… in principle, against extrajudicial killings.

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