The Secretary-General and senior UN officials express their deep concern over the violence in East Jerusalem |


She described the violence on Friday as one of the worst in Jerusalem in many years. Around 200 Palestinians and 17 Israeli policemen were reportedly injured in fighting around the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount. On Saturday, protesters reportedly threw stones at police, who responded with stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons, and on Sunday, fighting continued in East Jerusalem, ahead of a planned march by an Israeli group through the Old City.

Mr. Guterres’ spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement released Sunday evening that the Israeli authorities must exercise maximum restraint and respect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly.

“All leaders have a responsibility to act against extremists and speak out against all acts of violence and incitement,” the statement added. “The Secretary-General reiterates his commitment, including through the Middle East Quartet, to support Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict on the basis of relevant United Nations resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements.”

Quartet delegates to the Middle East (from the European Union, Russia, the United States and the United Nations) issued a press statement on Saturday expressing their concern over “provocative statements by some political groups, such as: as well as the launching of rockets and the resumption of the launching of incendiary balloons from Gaza towards Israel, and attacks on agricultural lands.” Palestinian in the West Bank. “

The risk of imminent eviction

Quartet representatives continued to express their concern about possible evictions of Palestinian families from their homes, which they have lived in for generations, in two East Jerusalem neighborhoods – Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan – and their opposition to “unilateral measures, which will only escalate an already tense environment.”

This is a reference to a court case involving several Palestinians who are facing eviction due to a legal challenge by the settlers’ Nahalat Shamoon Organization. For four families, danger is imminent.

The United Nations called on the Israeli government to stop all forced evictions, and on Thursday, Robert Colville, a spokesperson for the United Nations Office for Human Rights (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), Warned that the evictions in the Sheikh Jarrah case, should they occur, would violate Israel’s obligations under international law.

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Traffic passes near the Old City of Jerusalem.

Saturday’s fighting broke out on Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest day of Ramadan for Muslims, after a large number of worshipers prayed at the Noble Sanctuary / Al-Haram Al-Qudsi. In their statement, the Quartet

The envoys called on the Israeli authorities to exercise restraint and avoid measures that would escalate the situation during this period of the Islamic holy days.

“We call on all parties to respect and respect the current situation in the holy sites,” the statement added. “All leaders have a responsibility to act against extremists and speak out against all acts of violence and incitement.”

The statement concluded by reaffirming the Quartet’s envoys of their commitment to the negotiated two-state solution.

37 Palestinian children were wounded and arrested

On Sunday, the United Nations Children’s Fund announced, UNICEFUrging the Israeli authorities to refrain from using violence against children and to release all these detained children.

In a joint statement, Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, and Lucia Elmy, UNICEF Special Representative in the State of Palestine, indicated that 29 Palestinian children have been injured in the past two days, and eight others. Arrested. Among the injured was a one-year-old child. Some of the children were hospitalized, with head and spine injuries. This comes amid reports that nearly 300 people have been injured in the region.

Senior UNICEF officials said that the agency had received reports of ambulances being prevented from reaching the site to help and evacuate the wounded, and that a clinic on the site had been bombed and searched.

The statement called for protecting all children from violence and keeping them away from harm at all times, preserving families’ rights to access all places of worship, and helping the injured without restrictions.

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