Friday’s violence has been described as one of the worst in Jerusalem in many years. According to reports, 200 Palestinians and 17 Israeli police officers were injured in fighting over Haram Al-Sharif / Temple Mount. Protesters reportedly threw stones at police on Saturday, who responded with stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons.
In a statement released on Saturday, the envoys said they were “alarmed by the provocative statements made by some political groups, as well as the launch of rockets and the resumption of incendiary balloons from Gaza to Israel and attacks on Palestinian farmland in the US West Bank.”
Immediate risk of eviction
The Quartet representatives expressed concern about the possible evictions of Palestinian families from homes they have lived in for generations in two neighborhoods in East Jerusalem – Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan – and their opposition to “unilateral actions that will only escalate the anyway.” tense environment ”.
This is an indication of a lawsuit involving several Palestinians who are evicted due to a legal challenge by the Nahalat Shimon settler organization. The risk is seen as imminent for four families.
The United Nations has urged the Israeli government to stop all evictions and on Thursday, UN Human Rights Bureau (OHCHR) spokesman Rupert Colville warned that if the evictions in the Sheikh Jarrah case took place, it would violate Israel’s international obligations .
The fighting on Saturday took place on Laylat-al-Qadr, the holiest day in the Muslim month of Ramadan, after a large number of believers prayed in the grounds of the Haram Al-Sharif / Temple Mount. In their testimony, the quartet
Envoys urged the Israeli authorities to exercise restraint and avoid any action that would worsen the situation during this time of Muslim holiday.
“We call on all sides to maintain and respect the status quo at the holy places,” it continues. “All leaders have a responsibility to act against extremists and speak out against all acts of violence and incitement.”
The declaration ended with a repetition of the commitment of the Quartet ambassadors for a negotiated two-state solution.
UN News / Reem Abaza
Traffic passes the Old City of Jerusalem. 37 Palestinian children injured and arrested
On Sunday, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, urged the Israeli authorities not to use violence against children and to release all detained children.
In a joint statement, Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, and Lucia Elmi, UNICEF Special Envoy to the State of Palestine, found that 29 Palestinian children and eight injured had been arrested in the past two days. “A one-year-old toddler was among the injured. Some children with head and spine injuries have been taken to hospitals for treatment. This is based on reports that nearly 300 people were injured in the region. ”
Senior UNICEF officials said the agency had received reports that ambulances were not allowed to arrive to assist and evacuate the injured and that a local clinic had been reportedly met and searched.
The declaration demanded that all children be protected from violence and put out of the way at all times, that the right of families to have access to all places of worship be preserved and that the injured be given unrestricted support.