28 APRIL 2020

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

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**Security Council — Middle East

I also want to clarify something that the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said in his remarks to the Security Council members last week on 23 April, when he said that “34 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C were demolished during the reporting period” (that is, from 21 March to 22 April).  I want to specify that there were no structures demolished in East Jerusalem during the reporting period, and due to the COVID-19 crisis, Israeli authorities did not demolish any inhabited structures after 26 March.  The briefing makes clear that, while the temporary halt to  home  demolitions was welcome, the demolitions of uninhabited structures continued and the Special Coordinator called for these to stop.

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