Members of the Security Council,
“I condemn yesterday’s shooting and stabbing attack by Palestinian assailants in the vicinity of the Old City of Jerusalem in which one Israeli Border Police officer was killed and at least four others, including civilians, were injured.
“I welcome reports that Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention suspended their hunger strike this morning under an agreement reached between concerned parties.
I call on all sides to abide by the terms of the agreement and avoid similar heightened tensions in the future."
The United Nations Middle East envoy today cautioned that unless urgent measures are taken to de-escalate the crisis now spiralling out of control in the Gaza Strip, there will be devastating consequences for Palestinians and Israelis
“I am following with great concern the tense situation in Gaza, where a new energy crisis is now unfolding. Reform of the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company (GEDCO) is essential to improve revenue collection and transparency in line with international standards.
The persistent absence of progress to resolve the IsraeliPalestinian conflict continues to significantly impede Palestine’s development, according to a new report issued by the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).
20 April 2017 – Reporting on the dire situation across the Middle East region, marked by the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War, fractured societies, proliferation of non-State actors and unbelievable human suffering, a United Nations envo