UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland warned on Tuesday that violence in the occupied West Bank could lead to disruption of a truce in Gaza.
Wennesland voiced concern about recent developments in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the deteriorating situation during his briefing at the UN Security Council.
He said clashes, attacks, military operations and high levels of settler-related violence have continued as Palestinians call for increased confrontations with Israel.
“Continued unilateral steps — including Israeli settlement advancement, evictions, and demolitions – and the severe fiscal and economic crisis in Palestine further exacerbate the situation and undermine the PA’s institutional stability,” said Wennesland.
“If left unchecked, I am concerned that not only may the situation in the West Bank further deteriorate, but these dynamics could also impact the situation in Gaza and undermine the cessation of hostilities that has held since May 2021,” he added.
Twelve Palestinians, including one woman and four children, were killed by Israeli occupation forces across Palestine since Sept. 29, while 306 others were injured.
The last war on Gaza took place in May, in which more than 230 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured.
(Source / 22.12.2021)