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UN envoy expresses concern over deteriorating situation in Jerusalem, West Bank

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Israeli security forces at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City, on March 7, 2022. (Yonatan SindelFlash90)
Israeli security forces at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City, on March 7, 2022. (Yonatan SindelFlash90)

Following an uptick in Palestinian attacks in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, as well as IDF killings of Palestinians beyond the Green Line, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland issues a statement saying he is “deeply concerned by the deteriorating security situation.”

“This past week, daily violence has claimed the lives of six Palestinians, including one child, and 26 Palestinians and seven Israelis have been injured,” he says, not stipulating the conditions of their deaths.

“There can be no justification for violence or terror, which must be condemned by all. Israeli security forces must use lethal force only when strictly unavoidable to protect life,” Wennesland says.

“This uptick in violence is taking place at a particularly sensitive time,” he adds, referring to the upcoming Purim and Ramadan holidays. “I call on political, religious, and community leaders to reject violence and speak up against those who try to inflame the situation.”

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