Egypt condemns Israeli troops storming of Nablus as ‘dangerous escalation’

Ahram Online , Wednesday 22 Feb 2023

Egypt has condemned Israeli forces' storming of the Palestinian city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday which left ten Palestinians dead and more than a hundred injured.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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“Egypt expresses its deep concern about the ongoing and dangerous escalation in the occupied Palestinian territories recently, which increases the complexity and aggravation of the situation every day,” read a statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The recent escalation undermines efforts to achieve calm between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, and jeopardises the chances of reviving the peace process on the basis of international legitimacy decisions and the principle of the two-state solution, the statement added..

Earlier today, Israeli troops raided the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, killing 10 Palestinians and injuring dozens.

The injured were admitted to hospitals with gunshot wounds

According to the Palestinian health ministry, those killed in the raid were aged 16 to 72.

The Arab League said the raid amounted to a "heinous crime".

"The occupation authorities and the far-right Israeli government are responsible for this horrible massacre," said Said Abu Ali, the Arab League's assistant secretary-general for Palestinian affairs.

Since the start of this year, Israeli raids in the West Bank has claimed the lives of 59 Palestinian adults and children.

Nine Israelis, including three children, one Ukrainian civilian and a police officer have been killed over the same period, according to an AFP tally based on official sources from both sides.

In several recent statements, Egypt has called on Israel to seize building illegal settlements in the occupied territories.

Egypt has also called on Israel to refrain from deadly attacks on Palestinians and urged both sides to excercise restraint to prevent any further escalations in the conflict..

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