Recalls Israel’s right to defend itself but asks the Government for a proportionate response
8 Apr. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The top diplomatic officer of the European Union, Josep Borrell, called this Saturday for an end to the latest escalation of violence in the Middle East after a day marked by a crossover of attacks between Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas, two attacks against Israelis in West Bank and Tel Aviv, and military raids on occupied Palestinian territory.
Borrell has condemned the violence of all these episodes, derived from the incursion of the Israeli security forces this week in the Esplanade of the Mosques of Jerusalem in the middle of Ramadan.
“The EU condemns the violent incidents that have occurred in the Holy Places and recalls that their ‘status quo’ must be preserved, according to a statement published this Saturday.
In his note, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy conveyed his “total condemnation” of the attack in Tel Aviv, which cost the life of an Italian tourist and injured seven other people, “the indiscriminate attacks with rockets against Israel from Gaza and Lebanon” and has also condemned “without reservations” the terrorist attack in the West Bank that killed two British-Israeli sisters.
“Israel has the right to defend itself. At the same time, any response must be proportionate,” Borrell said on behalf of the EU.
“We call for an immediate end to the ongoing violence. Everything must be done to prevent the conflict from escalating and we urge all parties to exercise the utmost restraint to prevent further escalation and promote calm during the ongoing religious festivities. “, it is finished.