Escalation in Palestinian-Israeli conflict threatens regional stability: Russia

Sami Hegazi
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The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern on Wednesday over the recent escalation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict zone.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that this escalation creates additional obstacles to a political settlement and threatens regional stability.

It added that the international community’s slowdown is fraught with an irreversible deterioration of the situation on the ground and undermines the legal basis for a settlement in the Middle East.

The Israeli aggression on the city of Jenin and its camp has reached 12 martyrs, including children, and 140 injured. The occupation started its aggression on the city and its camp at midnight last Sunday, with air strikes followed by the storming of large forces of the occupation army, accompanied by armored bulldozers, into the city of Jenin from several axes. They also surrounded the Jenin camp, cutting off the roads connecting the city and the camp, and seized a number of houses and buildings overlooking it, and spread snipers on its roofs, cutting off the electricity supply to large parts of the camp.

For its part, the European Union (EU) is deeply concerned about the escalation of tensions in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

“The recent Israeli military operation in Jenin included the largest air strikes on the city in decades and left at least ten Palestinians dead and dozens injured,” the EU said in a press release on Wednesday.

“The EU condemns the attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and stresses that all these events are a reminder of the fragility of the situation on the ground in the absence of prospects for a political solution,” the statement added.

Thr EU has repeatedly expressed its concerns about the extremely high number of victims of violent acts this year. 

It continued to emphasize the need to protect civilians, especially children, in all circumstances and that the use of force must be proportionate and only be a means of last resort, when there is no escape in order to protect lives, in line with international humanitarian law,” the statement said.

In conclusion, the EU called for “the need to strengthen the Palestinian Authority so that it can restore security control over all of Area “A” of the Occupied Palestinian territories in accordance with existing agreements, and at the same time urged Israel to respect its obligations under international agreements and continue security coordination between the Israeli and Palestinian sides.

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