US State Department spokesman Ned Price says the Biden administration “is extremely concerned by the levels of violence in Israel and the West Bank” following today’s IDF counter-terrorism raid in the Nablus in which “10 Palestinians, including both militants and civilian bystanders, were killed and over 100 were injured.”
“We wish a speedy recovery to those injured and our hearts go out to the families of the innocent bystanders who were killed today,” Price says.
“We recognize the very real security concerns facing Israel. At the same time, we are deeply concerned by the large number of injuries and the loss of civilian lives,” he adds.
“We had productive conversations in recent days with the parties and with US regional partners in support of efforts to prevent further violence. We are deeply concerned that the impact of today’s raid could set back efforts aimed at restoring calm for both Israelis and Palestinians.”
“Today’s events further underscore the urgent need for both sides to work together to improve the security situation in the West Bank. We also call on all parties to desist from actions, such as incitement to violence, evictions of families from their homes, demolitions, settlement advancements and the legalization of outposts. Israelis and Palestinians equally deserve to live in safety and security,” Price says.