Egypt urges 'immediate' action to ward off escalation in occupied Palestinian territories

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Sep 2023

Egypt called Wednesday on the international community to fulfil its responsibility and take "immediate" action to ward off the dangers of the recent escalation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

A bullet hole is seen in a shop window following an Israeli military raid in the Jenin refugee camp,
A bullet hole is seen in a shop window following an Israeli military raid in the Jenin refugee camp, West Bank, Wednesday. AP


The call comes hours after the Israeli occupation army carried out a drone-assisted raid on the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, killing six Palestinians and injuring a dozen others.

Egypt urged the Israeli authorities to prioritize the path of de-escalation and to refrain from adopting collective punishment policies in Palestinian towns and cities, according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Cairo also condemned “the Israeli escalation in the occupied Palestinian territories, most recently in the city of Jenin," adding that such an approach "ignites a vicious circle of violence."

The Israeli attacks on the Palestinian people and their property violate international law and legitimacy, which otherwise guarantee the safety of civilians and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, the ministry affirmed.

Egypt also noted that these Israeli assaults “contravene its obligations, as an occupying power, and undermine the International and regional efforts to revive a peace process based on the two-state solution".

The statement stressed Egypt's unwavering support of Palestinian rights, especially the right to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

According to AP, Israel alleged that the raid targeted a militant network in Jenin to thwart future attacks.

AP further reported that Israel said it had exchanged fire with gunmen in the camp during the raid and that an army truck was destroyed while withdrawing after an explosive detonated underneath it.  

Dozens of Palestinians gathered in Jenin and other cities over the past few hours to mourn the victims of the Israeli raid.

Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that the Israeli forces closed all entrances to the village using dirt barriers, noting that dozens of Palestinians suffocated due to poisonous and tear gas fired by the Israeli troops in Jalboun village, east of Jenin.

The Jenin camp has recently been a target for deadly Israeli operations.

Tuesday's raid comes nearly two months after the Israeli army's biggest raid on the Jenin camp, killing around 12 Palestinians.

Hundreds of Israeli extremists stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday to mark the Jewish New Year and perform religious rituals -- an incident that Egypt was soon to condemn.

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