UN rights chief calls for calm in West Bank

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

The UN hu­man rights chief has called for calm in the West Bank af­ter a week of vi­o­lence in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory, as well as oc­cu­pied-East Jerusalem, and in­side Is­rael.

Hus­sein warned on Thurs­day that “more blood­shed will only lead to more ha­tred on both sides,” and that he is deeply con­cerned about the in­creas­ing num­ber of at­tacks by both set­tlers and Pales­tini­ans.

The UN of­fi­cial voiced con­cern about the num­ber of Pales­tini­ans in­jured by live am­mu­ni­tion, which stands at 134, and the hun­dreds more in­jured by rub­ber bul­lets and tear gas.

“The high num­ber of ca­su­al­ties, in par­tic­u­lar those re­sult­ing from the use of live am­mu­ni­tion by Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces, raise con­cerns of ex­ces­sive use of force,” Hus­sein said, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press news agency.

The UN rights chief’s com­ments came as two Is­raelis were in­jured in sep­a­rate at­tacks in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

In Jer­sualem, a Yeshiva stu­dent was stabbed and crit­i­cally wounded, while the Pales­tinian at­tacker was de­tained by po­lice.

In the Tel Aviv at­tack, a Pales­tinian stabbed a fe­male Is­raeli soldier with a screw­driver be­fore be­ing shot dead.

Four Is­raelis have died in stab­bing at­tacks, and sev­eral oth­ers have been in­jured.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pales­tinian Red Cres­cent, at least 1,600 Pales­tini­ans have been in­jured since Oc­to­ber 3.

Eighty-seven have been in­jured with live am­mu­ni­tion, and 290 with rub­ber-coated steel bul­lets.

On Mon­day, Ab­del Rah­man Ab­dul­lah, a 13-year-old from the Aida refugee camp in Beth­le­hem, was shot and killed by Is­raeli forces, prompt­ing fur­ther protests and un­rest.

On Wed­nes­day, two Pales­tinian protesters were shot and crit­i­cally wounded by Is­raeli sol­diers dur­ing a protest near the set­tle­ment of Beit El.

Footage ap­peared to show un­der­cover Is­raeli sol­diers dressed as protesters at­tack­ing men.

Cur­rent rules re­quir­ing asy­lum claims to be made in the first EU na­tion reached have of­ten been flouted

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