UN officials call for de-escalation after deadly Israel-Palestinian clashes
Top UN officials have called for halting escalating cycles of violence following Israeli-Palestinian clashes and airstrikes on Wednesday that left 11 dead and more than 100 injured.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk called to halt the “illogic of escalation” that has been building up to the detriment of the human rights of both Palestinians and Israelis.”
Deeply disturbed by the continuing cycle of violence & appalled by the loss of civilian lives. Continuing my engagement w/ all concerned parties to deescalate the situation. I urge all sides to refrain from steps that could further enflame an already volatile situation.
He raised serious concerns that scores of Palestinians, including a boy and three older men, were killed and hundreds injured in the Israeli operation in Nablus, and by airstrikes and rocket attacks between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
The High Commissioner also expressed concern at the Israeli security forces’ use of explosive weapons during the operation in Nablus.
“Conducting an operation involving shoulder-launched explosive projectiles and other weapons typically associated with hostilities in a highly populated area in broad daylight at a time of heightened public activity suggests concerning disregard for the lives and security of bystanders,” Mr. Türk said.
All law enforcement security operations must be conducted in full compliance with international human rights law, including by ensuring that all killings and serious injuries are investigated in accordance with international norms and standards, he added.
Engagement with parties continues
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland said he will continue to engage all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation.
“I am deeply disturbed by the continuing cycle of violence and appalled by the loss of civilian lives,” he said, urging all sides to refrain from steps that could further enflame an already volatile situation.