EU: Escalating Israel-Palestinian conflict worrisome

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has expressed concern over escalating violence in the ongoing conflict between the Israeli regime and Palestine.

Mogherini, who recently visited the Middle East region and held talks with Palestinian and Israeli officials, underlined her support on Tuesday for the formation of an independent Palestinian state to live in peace and security.

“And I am particularly sad and worried about the escalation of violence that we are witnessing these hours,” Europe’s top diplomat told reporters, adding that the recent tensions “demonstrated very clearly” that violence would return unless Israelis and Palestinians are offered “a political perspective.”

Mogherini noted that the 28 member states of the European bloc will “work closely together in that direction.”

The occupied West Bank has been the scene of violent clashes in recent weeks, as Israeli forces and extremist settlers are engaged in fresh violations against Palestinians and the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Also on Tuesday, a group of Israeli settlers stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque, further fueling anti-Israeli sentiments.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces raided overnight a number of Palestinian homes in several villages across the occupied West Bank, detaining nearly 60 people, including 10 children.

Tensions have been also running high at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) over the past few weeks, since Tel Aviv imposed new restrictions on the access of Palestinians to the mosque.





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