In response to recent casualties in the West Bank, the United Nations Security Council shared its regret on Tuesday. The Council collectively calls for all involved parties to refrain from one-sided actions that could potentially ignite further tensions.
In a unanimously issued statement from the Council’s 15 members, the international body expressed its “deep sadness over the loss of civilian lives,” as reported by the Agence France-Presse.
The UAE’s ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, who is currently holding her nation’s rotational presidency for the Council in June, commented, “Members of the Security Council urge the implementation of fresh measures to establish lasting calm, deescalate tensions, and discourage all parties from taking unilateral steps that could exacerbate the situation.”
Nusseibeh further added, “Council members call for restraint to mitigate tensions and avoid any additional escalation.”
The council also stressed on the “duties and responsibilities of Israeli and Palestinian authorities in combating and condemning terrorism in all its forms, in accordance with international law.”
In its communication, the council underscored the “critical importance of holding those accountable who are responsible for these violent acts.”
A new wave of violence in the occupied West Bank saw Israeli forces kill a Palestinian gunman who had fired upon a checkpoint north of Jerusalem on Saturday. This incident was part of a series of attacks involving Israeli settlers targeting Palestinians.
Last week witnessed the loss of around 20 lives, predominantly Palestinians, in the West Bank.