17 Dec, 2015
United Nations, (UN News Centre) 15 December 2015 – Although international attention has waned regarding the crisis in Israel and the Occupied Palestine Territory, the United Nations human rights office today warned that the region is still rife with violence and the recent escalation in the fighting has claimed 117 Palestinian lives, along with two foreign nationals and injured thousands more.
“We continue to be gravely concerned at the unrelenting violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and in Israel […] the level of killings, injuries and arrests has continued, with on average one person dying every day,” the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Cécile Pouilly told reporters in Geneva during a regular press briefing.
Continuing, Ms. Pouilly noted that in the H2 area of Hebron alone, there have been 16 alleged attacks against Israelis since 1 October, and of the 17 Palestinians involved in such incidents, 16 have been shot dead, with one injured and arrested.
The spokesperson also warned that punitive demolitions of Palestinian houses and the withholding of bodies of alleged attackers from their families can only aggravate the situation.
Lastly, Ms. Pouilly called on both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to act decisively to de-escalate the situation.