Guterres condemns Israel’s excessive use of force in Jenin refugee camp

Antonio Guterres
UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, stands firm in his condemnation of the Israeli occupation forces for their excessive use of force in the Jenin refugee camp located in the West Bank, according to Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesperson for the UN.اضافة اعلان

Israel's ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, has called on Guterres to retract his condemnation of Israel following the excessive use of force by the Israeli occupation forces in the Jenin refugee camp, according to Al-Ghad News.

During the daily press conference in New York, Haq addressed journalists' questions about retracting the condemnation of Israel, stating that Guterres "clearly condemns all violence affecting civilians in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, regardless of the perpetrator".

Expressing his anger over the impact of Israeli airstrikes and the attack on the Jenin refugee camp, Guterres stated that the operation had resulted in over 100 injuries among civilians, displaced thousands of residents, caused damage to schools and hospitals, and disrupted water and electricity networks.

Furthermore, Guterres criticized Israel for obstructing the injured from receiving medical care and preventing humanitarian workers from reaching those in need.

The two-day Israeli attack, aimed at suppressing Palestinian activists, led to the martyrdom of at least 12 Palestinians. It also resulted in the destruction of roads and narrow alleyways in the Jenin camp, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.

Addressing journalists, Guterres emphasized, "I strongly condemn all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terrorism."

When questioned if this condemnation applies to Israel, he responded, "It applies to any excessive use of force, and it is evident that in this case, excessive force was used by the Israeli forces."

At the request of the UAE, the UN Security Council discussed the Israeli military operation in Jenin behind closed doors on Friday. Assistant secretary-general Khaled Al-Khiary briefed the council members on the situation.

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