Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, called on the UN Security Council to immediately intervene to stop the Israeli aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza Strip, which has so far led to the death of more than twenty people, including nine children.
In a communiqué released on Monday night, Shtayyeh called on international human rights organizations, especially those interested in children, to condemn the aggression, which “bears the warning of a dangerous escalation in the coming hours,” in light of the threats issued by the Prime Minister of the Israeli occupation government, Benjamin Netanyahu, which “vowed to our people in the Gaza Strip with more strikes and strong retaliation.”
The press release indicated that Netanyahu continues to defy the international will to continue his racist policies against the Palestinians in El Qods, and to continue colonial expansion in the occupied territories, without taking note of international calls to halt escalation, and international laws that prohibit targeting defenseless civilians, and considers settlement a war crime to be held accountable by international law.
Shtayyeh also called on the UN Security Council to put an end to the continuous Israeli aggression against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which has resulted in the injury of hundreds of worshipers, and called for an end to the ethnic cleansing operations targeting the residents of the Holy City, especially the people of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
Yesterday, the European Union foreign ministers expressed their concern about the escalation of events on the campus of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings in the occupied city of El Qods, stressing that the practices of the Israeli occupation forces there violate international and humanitarian law.
In this context, Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union, called in an Internet press conference following the meeting of the Union’s foreign ministers in Brussels, all parties to preserve the status quo of the holy sites.
He stressed that the evacuation actions practiced by the Israeli occupation towards Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and other areas of El Qods East are a “source of grave concern,” adding, “These actions are illegal under international and humanitarian law and also fuel tension on the ground.”
This comes at a time when the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced today that 22 people were killed and 788 were injured as a result of the continuous Israeli aggression on the West Bank, including El Qods, and the Gaza Strip since yesterday, Monday.