The United Nations says it is ‘shocked and deeply disturbed’ by footage of an apparent public indecency act in one of its official cars in Israel.
The clip shows a woman in a red dress getting intimate in the back seat of a white 4×4 with UN markings.
The video, circulated widely on social media, was apparently filmed on a main street.
The UN said it was investigating the incident and was close to identifying the individuals seen in the video.
Those involved are believed to be staff members of a peacekeeping organization in Israel, the UN said.
Another passenger can be seen slumped in the front, but the driver can’t be seen as the car moves away.
Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN’s Secretary General, António Guterres, described the scene in the 18-second video as ‘detestable’.
That kind of behaviour “goes against everything we stand for and having been working to achieve in terms of fighting misconduct by UN staff”, Mr Dujarric told.
When asked if the apparent intimacy was consensual or involved payment, Mr Dujarric said those questions were part of the ongoing investigation.
The UN has strict policies against sexual misconduct by its staff members.
Staff may be disciplined if they are found to be in breach of conduct rules. They may be repatriated or banned from UN peacekeeping operations, but it is the responsibility of their home nation to take further disciplinary or legal action.
Secretary General Guterres has pledged to take a “zero-tolerance” approach to sexual misconduct with the UN’s ranks.
Based on buildings visible in the video, the footage appears to have been captured on HaYarkon Street, a usually busy area parallel to the promenade.
“We expect the process to be concluded very quickly and intend to promptly take the appropriate action”, Dujarric said.