Statement from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on escalating violence in the Occupied West Bank.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) spokesperson said: 

The UK is alarmed by the shocking levels of violence in the Occupied West Bank, sparked by the appalling killing of 14 y/o Israeli Binyamin Achimair on Saturday.

Violent attacks by extremist Israeli settlers have since led to the killing of four Palestinians Jihad Abu Alia, Omar Ahmad Abdulghani Hamed, Abdulrahman Fadel, and Mohammed Jame in the last three days, as well as injury to more than 75 others and serious damage to property. Such violence towards civilians is completely unacceptable and must stop immediately. The UK has previously sanctioned extremist Israeli settlers who perpetrate such attacks, and remains committed to acting robustly and swiftly in support of peace and stability in the West Bank.

These killings, and subsequent actions, are escalating violence in the Occupied West Bank and the wider region at a critical time. It is vital that Israeli authorities restore calm and conduct urgent and transparent investigations into all deaths, and ensure all violent perpetrators are brought to justice and held accountable for their actions.

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Published 16 April 2024