UN official concerned about Jordan Valley attacks

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — UN humanitarian coordinator James Rawley said he was deeply concerned Friday after Israeli forces prevented assistance to Palestinians displaced from their village by Israel.

His remarks came after Israeli forces seized a vehicle carrying tents destined for Makhoul village, which was demolished Wednesday displacing several dozen Palestinians. The forces also confronted members of the humanitarian and diplomatic communities who were present on site, the official said.

“The United Nations and its partners remain committed to providing humanitarian assistance to populations in immediate need,” Rawley said in a statement.

“I call upon the Israeli authorities to live up to their obligations as occupying power to protect those communities under their responsibility, including to halt demolitions of Palestinian homes and property.”

He added: “The displacement of a whole Palestinian community in the occupied Palestinian territory is a very disappointing development at such a delicate moment where we look forward to positive measures on the ground.”

The Israeli military said Palestinians were to blame for instigating the incident.

An army spokeswoman said forces were implementing a supreme court decision and “contained the violence with riot dispersal means and detained Palestinians who were the main instigators.”

She added that “reports that foreign diplomats abused their diplomatic privilages are currently being reviewed.”

(Source / 20.09.2013)

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