Egypt calls for immediate cessation of violence and assaults in occupied Palestinian territories

Ahram Online , Thursday 20 Oct 2022

“Egypt calls for the immediate cessation of the vicious circle of ongoing violence, assaults, and provocations and the provision of security to civilians whose lives and resources are jeopardised day after day,” a statement by the foreign ministry read on Thursday.

 Egyptian Foreign Ministry building
File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry building. Al-Ahram


The ministry said it is following closely and with deep concern “Israel's continued violations and dangerous escalation in the pace and intensity of violence” in a number of Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank and the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque in recent days.

The foreign ministry also called on influencial powers and peace process partners to work on halting violence in the Palestinian lands and to take urgent action to calm the Palestinian-Israeli situation and encourage both sides to resume peace talks.

Egypt has repeatedly called for the halt of Israeli violence in the West Bank and other Palestinian territories, warning that continued Israeli violations undermine peace endeavours.

Cairo has also repeatedly stressed the need for the two parties to resume talks to reach a settlement based on the two-state solution.

In the last years, Egypt brokered two ceasefire deals in the Gaza Strip between the Israeli and Palestinian sides.

In recent months, the Israeli occupation forces have been conducting nightly raids and arresting tens across the West Bank,.

Israeli forces have been using live rounds, tear gas, and stun grenades against Palestinian protesters.

Dozens of Palestinians were injured in attacks by Israeli settlers in the West Bank in recent days.

The Israeli army has laid siege to the city of Nablus city for 10 days in what has been described by the Palestinian presidency on Wednesday as a “comprehensive war declaration against the Palestinian people and leadership.”

On Thursday, government institutions, educational facilities, and shops were closed across the occupied West Bank cities after the Fattah movement called for a general strike in condemnation of the Israeli killing of Odai Al-Tamimi.

Al-Tamimi, 23, a resident of the Shuafat refugee camp, was killed in a fire exchange with Israeli forces at the entrance of an illegal Jewish settlement in Jerusalem after allegedly shooting dead an Israeli soldier on 8 October.

Protests erupted on Wednesday night across the West Bank after Al-Tamimi’s death.

On Wednesday, the Arab League condemned the systematic Israeli aggressions against Palestinians in the West Bank, warning that such escalation could trigger a violent backlash and destabilise the region and the world.

More than 100 Palestinians have been killed and tens others injured by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year, the heaviest Palestinian death toll in the occupied West Bank in seven years, according to the United Nations.

Around 475,000 armed Jewish settlers, who are protected by the Israeli army, live in settlements across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Egypt has repeatedly called on Israel to halt construction of settlements in the occupied territories, which are considered illegal under international law,  in favor of a negotiated settlement to the conflict based on a two-state solution.

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