Statement by UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, on the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory
“I vehemently condemn this morning’s multi-front assault against Israeli towns and cities near the Gaza Strip, and barrage of rockets reaching across central Israel by Hamas militants.
These events have resulted in horrific scenes of violence and many Israeli fatalities and injuries, with many believed to be kidnapped inside the Strip. These are heinous attacks targeting civilians and must stop immediately.
I am deeply concerned for the well-being of all civilians. I am in close contact with all concerned to urge maximum restraint and call on all sides to protect civilians.
This is a dangerous precipice and I appeal to all to pull back from the brink.”