UN Chief Wants Review of Israeli Use of Force as Palestinian Terror Attacks Continue
On a particularly bloody day for Israel, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel to carry out a “serious review” on whether its security forces are resorting to “excessive force” in clashes with Palestinians.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Tuesday to carry out a “serious review” on whether its security forces are resorting to “excessive force” in clashes with Palestinians, AFP reports.
Ban finds “the apparent excessive use of force by Israeli security forces” to be “troubling,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters as violence continued in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
This “demands serious review as it only serves to exacerbates the situation leading to a vicious cycle of needless bloodshed,” he said.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday Israel would use “all means” available to end Palestinian violence and that new security measures were planned.
The UN chief was due to sit down with Security Council envoys for a luncheon meeting on Tuesday to discuss mounting Israeli-Palestinian violence.
A ministerial-level meeting of the Security Council on the crisis in the Middle East is scheduled for October 22.
After initially breaking out with attacks and violent protests across Israel, unrest has spread to Gaza, with clashes along the border in recent days leaving nine Palestinians dead from Israeli fire.
The violence began on October 1, when
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