3 April 2018

Rhéal LeBlanc, Chief of the Press and External Relations Section, United Nations Information Service in Geneva, chaired the briefing, which was attended by spokespersons for the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations Refugee Agency.

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Gaza

In response to questions, Rhéal LeBlanc, for the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, said that, on 30 March, the spokesperson of the Secretary-General had made known the Secretary-General’s great concern about casualties following recent clashes at the Gaza fence. He had called for an independent and transparent investigation into those incidents and had appealed to those concerned to refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties, and in particular from any measures that could place civilians in harm’s way.

In response to a further question, Mr. LeBlanc said the United Nations had requested that an investigation be carried out by the Israeli authorities, independently of the Israeli security forces. An official response on the measures and actions that would be taken, if any, was still being awaited.

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