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UN warns of ‘deadliest year’ for Palestinians — RT World News


The organization’s peace envoy calls on Israelis and Palestinians to recognize ‘what is at stake’ in the conflict

This year will likely see the highest number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank, the UN’s Middle East peace envoy has warned. The death toll is being monitored by the UN humanitarian agency.

“So far, 2022 is set to be the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since [Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs] began systematically tracking Palestinian deaths in 2005,” Tor Wennesland said Friday during a briefing at the UN Security Council.

He added that the “Already explosive situation” will only deteriorate if there is no return to political dialogue.

“I call on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to recognize what is at stake and take the necessary steps to restore calm,” said Wennesland.


A total of 32 Palestinians, including six children, have been killed since the start of the year by Israeli security forces during protests, clashes, searches and arrests, attacks and suspected attacks on Israelis, and “other incidents” said Wennesland. He added that 311 Palestinians, including a woman and eight children, were injured.

The UN official noted that Israeli settlers in the West Bank carried out 106 attacks against Palestinians, injuring 63 people.

During the same period, two members of the Israeli security forces were killed by Palestinians and 13 injured. In addition, 25 Israeli civilians were injured. Wennesland said the dead and injuries were inflicted by Palestinians in shootings and car-ramming attacks, among other incidents.

He added that the Palestinians had carried out 115 attacks against Israeli civilians, including 100 with stone throwing.

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