1 OCTOBER 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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Questions and Answers

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Question:  I have another question, Stéphane, on Gaza, two things on Gaza.  First, the humanitarian situation is reaching all‑time low and dangerous.  Would there be any kind of rescue operation to Gaza, especially that COVID‑19 is spreading fast in Gaza?  The second, a week ago, three brothers and they were fishing with their boat in the Gaza sea, and they came close to the Egyptian territorial water.  They were shot at.  Two of them were killed.  One was severely injured.  Were there any attention paid to that incident?

Spokesman:  Yes, we’re aware of the incident, which needs to be fully investigated, especially given that civilians lost their lives.  On the general humanitarian situation in Gaza, I think Nickolay Mladenov gave a very detailed and rather bleak overview of the situation in Gaza in his briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday afternoon.  And my OCHA [Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs] colleagues are preparing an update, which I could have had today, but I think I will have tomorrow, on the situation, especially related to the virus outbreak and the situation with the COVID pandemic in Gaza.  So, I will have that for you tomorrow.

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For information media. Not an official record.