US Concerned Over Mounting Tensions in West Bank, Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, October 4, 2015 (WAFA) – The US state department’s spokesperson John Kirby expressed concern over mounting tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem, particularly at Jerusalem’s flashpoint al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

In a press statement, he strongly condemned all acts of violence, including the stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem  on Sunday, that left two Israelis dead and two others injured.

Two Israeli men have been killed and a woman and her son injured in a stabbing attack by a Palestinian man in Jerusalem’s Old City. The Palestinian suspect was immediately gunned down by Israeli forces.

US Kirby called on all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and avoid escalating the situation. “We call for all perpetrators of violence to be swiftly brought to justice.”

US spokesperson’s statement came amid a noticeable increase in violence across the West Bank districts, including Jerusalem, in light of the Israeli continued offensive on al-Aqsa compound, including Israeli attempts to temporally divide al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest place, between Muslims and Jews.

Israeli settlers late Saturday and Sunday – following the killing incident of two Israelis that took place today – went – under the protection of Israeli army forces – on a revenge rampage against Palestiniancivilians and their properties, leading to violent clashes across the West Bank districts, which left dozens of injuries and suffocation cases among Palestinian locals.

This also came as Israeli police continued to impose tightened restrictions on Palestinians’ entry into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound; police continued to ban Palestinians under the age of 50 from entering the Mosque compound, forcing them to pray in the streets of the city, while settlers are provided with police escort into the compound.

Earlier Sunday, a Palestinian youth was executed by Israeli Occupation police at dawn, after an Israeli settler shouted that he was trying to initiate a stabbing attack, in Jerusalem, Said English PNN.

Videos circulating on social media show that, the Palestinian – identified as Fadi Alloun (21), from Al-Issawiya town, East Jerusalem – was shot with several bullets, leading to his immediate death. Settlers then gathered around him and started kicking him with their legs and yelling racist comments.