JERUSALEM, June 21, 2014 – (WAFA) – The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, issued Friday a statement voicing concerns about Israeli search operations in the West Bank.
“The Special Coordinator is deeply concerned by reports that Israeli security operations in the West Bank since the abduction of three Israeli students have resulted in the arrest of over 300 Palestinians, the injury of many, and the killing of three Palestinians, including one minor this morning.”
Serry called the Israeli government to exercise ‘restraint’ and to carry out the related ‘security operations’ in compliance with international law and respect for the lives, dignity and livelihoods of Palestinians.
“It should thus seek to minimize the impact of security operations on individuals who have committed no offense and investigate allegations of excessive use of force, including the killing of civilians.”
Serry concluded by also calling all sides to exercise ‘restraint’ in these ‘dramatic circumstances’, without which, according to him, “it will become even more difficult to address an already critical security situation on the ground.”