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UN: UN Middle East envoy urges 'restraint' amid Gaza-Israel tensions03:01

UN: UN Middle East envoy urges 'restraint' amid Gaza-Israel tensions

United Nations, New York City
March 26, 2019 at 17:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov called upon Israeli and Palestinian authorities to exercise restraint after an escalation of tensions and a missile exchange in the past few days. Mladenov was speaking at the United Nations Security Council in New York City on Tuesday.

Mladenov described the alleged Gaza rockets targeting Tel Aviv as "an act of provocation," and said that a full military confrontation is in nobody's interest. "A new conflict will be devastating for the Palestinian people. It will have consequences for Israelis who live in the vicinity of the Gaza perimeter and is likely to have regional repercussions," he said.

"Such acts of provocation only dramatically increase the risk of escalation and ultimately damage our collective efforts to support the people of Gaza and intra-Palestinian reconciliation. We must also call on all sides to exercise maximum restraint as the situation remains extremely tense," he added.

Permanent Observer of Palestine to UN Riyad Mansour criticised the Security Council members for not traveling to the Palestinian territories, "to see with their own eyes the reality, that tragic reality over the Palestinian people and their occupation."

Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN Danny Danon said that Israel will defend its people before discussing and settling matters in a diplomatic way. "Once rockets are flying into our cities, we will defend our people. That is the first thing we will do, and then we will talk," he said.

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United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov called upon Israeli and Palestinian authorities to exercise restraint after an escalation of tensions and a missile exchange in the past few days. Mladenov was speaking at the United Nations Security Council in New York City on Tuesday.

Mladenov described the alleged Gaza rockets targeting Tel Aviv as "an act of provocation," and said that a full military confrontation is in nobody's interest. "A new conflict will be devastating for the Palestinian people. It will have consequences for Israelis who live in the vicinity of the Gaza perimeter and is likely to have regional repercussions," he said.

"Such acts of provocation only dramatically increase the risk of escalation and ultimately damage our collective efforts to support the people of Gaza and intra-Palestinian reconciliation. We must also call on all sides to exercise maximum restraint as the situation remains extremely tense," he added.

Permanent Observer of Palestine to UN Riyad Mansour criticised the Security Council members for not traveling to the Palestinian territories, "to see with their own eyes the reality, that tragic reality over the Palestinian people and their occupation."

Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN Danny Danon said that Israel will defend its people before discussing and settling matters in a diplomatic way. "Once rockets are flying into our cities, we will defend our people. That is the first thing we will do, and then we will talk," he said.