The United Nations envoy to the Middle East says he is “deeply alarmed and saddened” by the deaths of nine Palestinians during an Israeli army raid in the West Bank city of Jenin this morning.
“I am deeply alarmed and saddened by the continuing cycle of violence in the occupied West Bank. The deaths today of nine Palestinians, including militants and one woman, during an Israeli arrest operation in Jenin is another stark example,” says UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland in a statement.
“Since the beginning of this year, we are continuing to witness high levels of violence and other negative trends that characterized 2022. It is crucial to reduce tensions immediately and prevent more loss of life,” he says.
“I urge, and remain actively engaged with, Israeli and Palestinian authorities to de-escalate tensions, restore calm, and avoid further conflict,” Wennesland adds.