Palestine Calls for UN Protection against Assaults in West Bank

Palestinian protesters run to take cover from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes, in the village of Burqa, north of the West Bank city of Nablus, Dec. 23, 2021. (Photo by Nidal Eshtayeh/Xinhua/IANS)

Palestine has called on the UN Security Council to protect people against the Israeli settlers’ assaults in the West Bank.

The Palestinian presidency said in a statement that it urges the international community, especially the UN Security Council, “to urgently intervene to provide international protection for the Palestinian people”, reports Xinhua news agency/

Referring to the recent escalation of tensions in the West Bank, the statement said that “the Israeli measures would thwart the US and the international efforts to revive the stalled peace process”.

On Thursday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a message to the international community before Christmas Eve, the official news agency WAFA reported.

Abbas said in his message that “Christmas reminds us of the importance of justice, resilience and the Palestinian people’s quest for human dignity and freedom”.

Meanwhile, presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told Voice of Palestine earlier on Thursday that the meeting between Abbas and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in Ramallah on Wednesday “was candid and frank”.

“During the meeting, President Abbas stated that he was waiting for US President Joe Biden to fulfill his promises on the two-state solution, reopening the US Consulate in Jerusalem and ensuring that Israel halts its settlement construction,” he said.

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