PA Administration: Israel 'Bears Full Responsibility for Dangerous Escalation'
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On Saturday, the Palestinian Authority said it holds Israel “full responsibility for the dangerous escalation”. violence following two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and a deadly Israeli military raid on the PA earlier this week.
“The Palestinian leadership holds the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for the dangerous escalation of the situation due to its crimes, which have killed 31 people this month”, – according to a statement by the PA Security Council, released by the official WAFA news agency. The PA has warned Israel of “continuing its practice of colonial settlements, annexing land, demolishing houses, arrests, ethnic cleansing and apartheid policies, as well as desecrating Islamic and Christian holy sites and storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque”.
“This will further worsen the situation, threatening the security and stability of the entire region,” – Saudi Arabia also condemned “all attacks on civilians” on Saturday. after the terrorist attacks in Jerusalem.
“The Kingdom condemns all attacks against civilians, emphasizing the need to de-escalate, revive the peace process and end the occupation”, – The Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
A senior European Union diplomat condemned the attacks in Jerusalem, urging Israel to use deadly force only as a last resort.
“The European Union fully recognizes Israel's legitimate security concerns, but it should be stressed that lethal force should only be used as a last resort,” – Josep Borrell, the bloc's chief diplomat, said in a statement. Borrell said the EU “strongly condemns” terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, which he called “acts of insane violence and hatred.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday called for “maximum restraint”.
“Recent events clearly confirm the need for an urgent resumption of a constructive Palestinian-Israeli dialogue and the renunciation of unilateral actions”, –
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he was “deeply shocked by the horrific attacks in Jerusalem.”
“I think of the victims and their families. Germany is on the side of Israel”,– Scholz tweeted.
Outgoing Czech President Milos Zeman expressed “deepest condolences” Israel in connection with the deadly attack on Jerusalem.
The United States, the UN, the UAE and other countries issued statements condemning the attacks.
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