13 SEPTEMBER 2021

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

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  And a second question, for the last several days, Israel’s been trading…  well, they’ve been targeting…  hitting targets in Gaza, and Israel’s been rocketed from Gaza.  Does the Secretary‑General have any comment on this escalating…

Spokesman:  I mean, we’re obviously concerned about these reports that we’ve seen, and I think it is important that all the parties involved move towards a de‑escalation and avoid any further actions that could make the situation worse, especially for civilians, both in Gaza and in Israel.

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Question:  Two questions.  First, a follow‑up on Palestine and Israel.  As you know, six Palestinian political prisoners escaped last week, and four of them were re‑arrested.  There are some media…  local media reports that the four who were arrested or some of them are facing torture, and family members were also arrested.  So, do you have any comments on that?  Are you following…?

Spokesman:  We’re, obviously, following the situation.  It is important that prisoners everywhere be afforded the rights that international human rights standards afford them and everybody.

Question:  And do you have, like, somebody who is in contact with Israelis…?

Spokesman:  I will check on that, but I know our…  the Office of the Special Coordinator is, in fact, following.

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