UN Rights Chief Calls For Calm In West Bank


The UN human rights chief has called for calm in the West Bank after a week of violence in the occupied territory, as well as occupied-East Jerusalem, and inside Israel. Hussein warned on Thursday that “more bloodshed will only lead to more hatred on both sides,” and that he is deeply concerned about the increasing number of attacks by both settlers and Palestinians.

The UN official voiced concern about the number of Palestinians injured by live ammunition, which stands at 134, and the hundreds more injured by rubber bullets and tear gas.

“The high number of casualties, in particular those resulting from the use of live ammunition by Israeli security forces, raise concerns of excessive use of force,” Hussein said, according to the Associated Press news agency.

The UN rights chief’s comments came as two Israelis were injured in separate attacks in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In Jersualem, a Yeshiva student was stabbed and critically wounded, while the Palestinian attacker was detained by police.