4 JANUARY 2021

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

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  Thank you, and happy New Year, Farhan.  In the last three days, the Israeli occupation forces went into rampage of invading Palestinian villages, towns.  The settlers got into the Aqsa Mosque.  This morning, the Israeli occupation forces stormed into a hospital in the city of Tulkarm, releasing some bombs in the reception area, instilling fear and disorder in the hospital.  In the absence of the transition… in the transition period after the Special Envoy had left and the new Special Envoy did not arrive, currently the Israelis are taking advantage of that.  Are you aware of these enormous attacks on the Palestinian, enormous number of people arrested, bulldozing houses, shooting at the peaceful demonstrators, et cetera?  My question, is any UN branch or any UN official following the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory?

Deputy spokesman:  Yes.  No, we’re certainly aware of the actions being taken on the ground.  The UN Special Coordinator’s office continues to do its work as we await the start of the next Special Coordinator’s term, and any relevant information will be passed on to the Security Council.  As you know, we report regularly to them.

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