Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 20 April 2018 - Syria, Gaza
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is deeply concerned about the fate of thousands of civilians, including Palestine refugees, after more than a week of increased violence and intense fighting around Yarmouk in Syria. We estimate that there were about 6,000 Palestine refugee civilians in Yarmouk and about 6,000 in the surrounding areas. There are reports that large numbers of people have been displaced from Yarmouk Camp to the neighbouring area of Yalda. There are also reports of civilian casualties. UNRWA is ready to provide assistance to the population in the area if and when the security situation allows and access is granted.
The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, continues to follow with concern the situation along the Gaza fence. This is the fourth consecutive Friday where we are witnessing Palestinian casualties. He reiterates that Israeli security forces must calibrate the use of force and only employ lethal force as a last resort. He also reiterates his call on Palestinians to avoid friction at the Gaza fence.