Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned Israeli escalation in Palestinian territories in recent days and the continued incursions by Israeli settlers into Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the Israeli police, as well as the continued targeting of Palestinian citizens.
Official Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Hafez stressed the need to immediately avoid escalation, especially during the holy month of Ramadan and the incoming Christian and Jewish holidays.
He also warned against slipping into cycles of violence that prevent achieving stability and security in the region, explaining that this climate of tension will only lead to more mutual escalation.
Furthermore, Hafez stressed the importance of adhering to the rules of international law to provide protection for Palestinian civilians as well as stopping any practices that violate the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque and other religious institutions and practices.
Earlier on Saturday, three Palestinians were killed near the town of Arraba, south of Jenin in the occupied West Bank by Israeli undercover forces.
Meanwhile, clashes have erupted in the centre of Hebron between Palestinian residents and Israeli forces, AFP said. The clashes come amid heightened tensions ahead of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and as days of deadly violence in Israel and the occupied West Bank have raised fears of an escalation.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh — Spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas — strongly condemned the recent Israeli escalation, warning that this escalation could lead to an explosive outcome.
According to Israeli reports, Israel’s escalation of violence in the West Bank might lead to an outbreak of violence in other regions. Consequently, Israeli occupation forces have stationed their troops along the border of the Gaza Strip and are in a state of high alert.
Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi discussed with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres efforts to provide the necessary financial and political support to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).