Statement on the escalation of violence in Jenin, Palestine
Wednesday, July 4, 2023 | According to the latest reports, at least 11 Palestinians have been killed in Jenin and one in Ramallah as an Israeli military operation continues on Jenin refugee camp in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. We are saddened by all loss of life.
Several Palestinians, including children, have been arrested during the Israeli Security Forces (ISF) operation in Jenin. Damage to civilian infrastructure is widespread, including disruption of water and electricity supplies, and the demolitions of roads and houses is ongoing.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said it had evacuated about 3,000 of the 17,000 people living in the camp since Israel launched the raid on Monday. Some Jenin residents sought shelter in schools and other public buildings, while many holed up in their homes to avoid the street conflict between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians.
The UN agencies say infrastructure is being damaged and medics have been stopped from reaching all the injured. All these events are a reminder of the fragility of the situation on the ground, in the absence of prospects for a political solution.
The Europe Peace Foundation (EPF) has repeatedly expressed its concerns about the increasingly high number of casualties of the violence this year. We also strongly condemn indiscriminate violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians, including destruction of homes and properties.
The Europe Peace Foundation urges all parties to de-escalate the situation and to end the vicious cycle of violence.
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