Egypt calls for immediate cessation of Israeli attacks on Palestinians in West Bank: Statement

Ahram Online , Wednesday 21 Jun 2023

Egypt has called for an immediate cessation of the attacks of Israeli settlers on Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank, which resulted in casualties and injuries among Palestinian civilians.

West Bank raid
Israeli soldiers in occupied West Bank. Photo courtesy Palestinian news agency Wafa

 

At dawn on Wednesday, Israeli settlers attacked homes of Palestinians in the town of Kafr Al-Dik, near Salfit and rampaged through the streets of the town, according to the town’s mayor Mohammad Naji, as quoted by the Associated Press (AP).

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday morning, an Israeli army unit raided the village of Orif near Nablus , storming  several homes and detained five people, according to WAFA.

“Settlers’ attacks led to the destruction and vandalism of a large number of properties without any response from the Israeli authorities,” read  a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Egypt completely rejects these acts of intimidation  and collective punishment against Palestinian citizens," the foreign ministry said.

“Egypt has previously warned of the dangers and repercussions of the continuous escalation by Israel last seen in the storming of Jenin two days ago, which resulted in victims and injuries in successive episodes of violence," it added.

Egypt has affirmed that the cycle of violence should be immediately to halt bloodshed and prevent further deterioration in the security situation in order to allow  the de-escalation efforts of the regional and international parties to achieve their goals.

At least 130 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured by Israeli army and settlers attacks since the start of the year, according to a tally by the AP.

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