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UN Secretary-General “very concerned” about the situation in Gaza

"We are witnessing an escalation in conflicts," Guterres told reporters in Vienna. "I am very concerned today about events in Gaza with a high number of deaths."

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –¬†UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday expressed “deep concern” over the situation in Gaza, where at least 50 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops in protest against the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

“We are witnessing an escalation in conflicts,” Guterres told reporters in Vienna. “I am very concerned today about events in Gaza with a high number of deaths.”

Violent confrontations between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers killed 50 Palestinians and hundreds wounded in the Gaza Strip in protest at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

Guterres, who spoke with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, defended the Iranian nuclear deal, which Washington has withdrawn as “very important to avoid proliferation” of nuclear weapons.

“Sometimes we have very good news,” he said, referring to North Korea’s recent announcement that it wants to dismantle its nuclear testing site in Bungee-ri.

“The complete removal of the site is an important step to enhance the confidence that will contribute to the future efforts to establish lasting peace and verify the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” he said.

“I eagerly await the consolidation of this positive dynamic of the summit between US and North Korean officials” on June 12 in Singapore.