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'Unimaginable number of Palestinians killed in West Bank', says UN

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<p class=“Residents are subjected to unprecedented bloodshed every day”, emphasizes the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk

“Unthinkable ” Today, Tuesday 4/6, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, described the fact that more than 500 Palestinianshave been killed in the occupied West Bank since October 7. During the same period 24 Israelis – including eight members of the security forces – have been killed in the West Bank and Israel in clashes or attacks by Palestinians, he pointed out in the same statement.

In the West Bank, which has been under Israeli occupation since 1967, there has been an escalation of violence since October 7, when the war between Israel and Hamas broke out in < strong>Gaza Strips.

Since then, according to Palestinian officials, at least 522 Palestinians have been killed in the area by Israeli soldiers or Jewish settlers.

“As if that were not enough the tragic events in Israel and then in Gaza over the last eight months, the residents of the occupied West Bank are being subjected to unprecedented bloodshed every day. It is unthinkable that they stole so many lives in such an unjustified way,” Turk underlined.

On June 1, he pointed out, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager and seriously wounded another near the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp. , next to Jericho, adding that the second young man died the next day.

“Their deaths, along with four other Palestinians killed Monday by Israeli security forces, bring to 505 the number of Palestinians killed since October 7, according to information reviewed by the UN human rights office.” , Turk pointed out.

“The killings, destruction and generalized violations of human rights are unacceptable and must stop immediately,” the High Commissioner underlined.

He also called on Israel to “adopt and implement rules of engagement” that “fully comply with human rights norms and standards.”

“Any allegation of unlawful killing must be fully and thoroughly investigated independent way and those responsible to be held accountable,” Turk emphasized.

“Widespread impunity for these crimes has been commonplace for far too long in the occupied West Bank. This impunity has created an environment that allows for more and more unlawful killings by the Israeli security forces. International law must be respected and implemented, while accountability must be ensured,” Turk concluded.

Source: 24h.com.cy

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