spot_imgspot_img
Thursday, May 23, 2024

EU CONDEMNS TEL AVIV TERROR ATTACK

Date:

Israeli policemen, forensics experts, and paramedics stand outside the venue that was the scene of a shooting attack along Dizengoff Avenue in the centre of Tel Aviv on 9 March, 2023. A gunman who shot and wounded three people in Tel Aviv late on 9 March was killed by police, Israeli Interior Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said. The shooting took place on Dizengoff Avenue, a popular nightlife spot in the centre of Tel Aviv, where a Palestinian attack killed three people in April 2022. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

The European Union on Friday (10 March) condemned the terror attack that took place Thursday night (9 March) on Dizengoff street, in  the heart of Tel Aviv, which left at least three people injured, one critically, and for which Hamas has claimed responsibility, writes Yossi Lempkowicz.

‘’This senseless act demonstrates once again how urgent it is to stop the cycle of violence and de-escalate the situation. We urge all parties to show restraint and not to react to such provocations,’’ said an EU spokesperon.

The attack took place when the Palestinian terrorist, Mutaz Salah al-Khawaja, 23, began shooting at passersby at the intersection of Dizengoff Street and Ben-Gurion Boulevard at around 9.00pm. He then fled to a nearby building before later leaving and being shot dead by four people, including police officers and an off-duty reserve IDF officer.

Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv confirmed that one of the shooting victims was given emergency life-saving surgery on arrival but that their life remained in danger.

Injuries to the other two were described as non-life threatening and their condition as “serious and light-to-moderate”.

Clashes later occurred between troops and locals in al-Khawaja’s West Bank home village of Ni’lin when troops entered to map out his home following Defence Minister Yoav Gallant’s order for its immediate razing.

The IDF confirmed one “hit”, while Al-Khawaja’s father and another family member were arrested as locals launched Molotov cocktails, hurled stones, and set up flaming roadblocks.

Earlier on Thursday, three Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists were shot dead after opening fire on undercover Israeli forces personnel attempting an arrest raid in the West Bank village of Jaba’, south of Jenin.

Thursday’s events follow a previous week in which deadly terror attacks killed Israeli brothers Hallel and Yagel Yaniv and Elan Ganeles, and also saw the riot by settlers in Huwara claim the life of one Palestinian resident.

The rise in terrorism in recent months has left 14 Israelis dead and many others, including the latest victims, injured.

Earlier this week, the EU and its member states expressed “deep concern” at “the increase of violence and extremism in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, which are leading to appalling numbers of Israeli and Palestinian victims, including children.”

The EU said in a statement: “We call on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to de-escalate the situation and to refrain from actions that will increase the already high level of tension. Settlements are illegal under international law. Israel must stop settlement expansion, prevent settler violence, and ensure the perpetrators are held accountable. Military operations must be proportionate and in line with international humanitarian law. There must be an immediate end to terror attacks, which should be condemned by everyone, and to practices that support them. The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip requires further easing of restrictions. The status quo of the Holy Sites must be upheld in line with previous understandings and with respect to Jordan’s special role. Peaceful coexistence between Christians, Jews and Muslims must be maintained.”

“All these issues are obstacles to peace,” the EU said, commending the efforts of the US, Jordan, and Egypt to de-escalate and support the Aqaba communique. “All parties should observe the agreements in Aqaba in good faith.”

“It is vital to restore a political horizon towards a two-state solution. Only a negotiated agreement offers a chance of security and peace for all.”

The EU statement said “there is an urgent need for a new perspective for peace”.

“Three weeks ago, the EU High Representative/Vice President (Josep Borrell) met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal and with Arab League Secretary-General Aboul Gheit. They agreed to revive and build on the Arab Peace Initiative, and the EU reaffirmed its proposal of an unprecedented package of economic, political and security support in the context of a final status agreement as endorsed in the Council conclusions of December 2013. In this effort, we work closely with other Arab and international partners. While we cannot force the parties to make peace, we share a responsibility to prepare the ground. Security, the rule of law and peace in the Middle East, are a priority for the EU.” Source: eureporter.co

smartnews
Smart News Liberia is an online news outlet and a product of Smart Media Group Inc. Our website, smartnewsliberia.com, covers a broad spectrum of news content. For inquiries or information, you can reach us at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or email us at smartnewsliberia@gmail.com or info@smartnewsliberia.com.

LATEST DEVELOPMENT

LIBERIA REVAMPS DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT SYSTEM AND EMBRACES DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

MONROVIA – The Unity Party government, led by President...

LEADERSHIP IN QUESTION: EXPOSING GOVERNANCE FAILURES IN BOAKAI’S ADMINISTRATION

MONROVIA – Amara Konneh, former Finance Minister and current...

SENATOR AMARA KONNEH CRITICIZES UNITY PARTY-LED GOVERNMENT UNDER PRESIDENT JOSEPH BOAKAI

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – In a recent statement, Gbarpolu County...

RULING UNITY PARTY’S FIRST CABINET RETREAT: A CRUCIAL MOMENT FOR LIBERIA’S FUTURE

As President Joseph Nyuma Boakai commences his three-day first...

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: ADDRESSING THE SEWAGE CRISIS IN CENTRAL MONROVIA

The ongoing issue of sewage leaking into the streets...

PRES. BOAKAI’S LEADERSHIP UNDER SCRUTINY AMID CENTRAL BANK OF LIBERIA CORRUPTION SCANDAL

The recent revelations of large-scale looting at the Central...

PRESIDENT BOAKAI’S PRIVATE JET USE EXPOSES HYPOCRISY

President Joseph Nyuma Boakai's use of a private jet...

COMMENTARY

PRESIDENT BOAKAI ADDRESSES LOOMING RICE PRICE HIKE WITH KEY STAKEHOLDERS

In response to growing concerns regarding the potential surge...

 NATIONAL UNIFICATION DAY: REFLECTING ON LIBERIA’S JOURNEY TOWARDS UNITY

National Unification Day in Liberia, celebrated on May 14th,...

CELEBRATING WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY: THE PEN’S POWER TO ILLUMINATE AND EMPOWER

A Commentary By Socrates Smythe Saywon, Sr. May 3 marks...

COMMENTARY: SAMUEL P. JACKSON QUESTIONS BOAKAI ADMINISTRATION’S COMMITMENT TO CHANGE

In a compelling commentary, Development Consultant Samuel P. Jackson...

LATEST NEWS

LIBERIA: FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE, THREE OTHERS FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER

MONROVIA – Former Chief Justice Gloria Musu Scott and...

LIBERIA’S GROTESQUE MILITARY WEAPONS CACHE BUST AMID CRUCIAL 2023 ELECTIONS

A Patriot's Diary With Ekena Nyankun Juagbe-Droh Wesley In a democracy,...

PRESIDENT JOSEPH BOAKAI POISED TO INSPIRE NATION IN A RESILIENT STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

Liberia's 26th President, Joseph Boakai, is preparing to deliver...

Share post:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

OPINION

THE PERILS OF PRAISE SINGING: HOW JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN LIBERIA

Journalists play a crucial role in holding public officials...

AN OPINION: COMMENDING THE EMBASSY OF SWEDEN, SIDA, AND CENTAL FOR CHAMPIONING ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS IN LIBERIA

An Opinion By Socrates Smythe Saywon The recent one-day Anti-corruption...

AN OPINION: ADDRESSING BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIES’ DEVASTATING IMPACT ON EDUCATION

An Opinion By Socrates Smythe Saywon The presence and operations...

THE GALLERY

spot_imgspot_img

MORE ARTICLES

spot_imgspot_img

MORE NEWS

LATEST DEVELOPMENT NEWS

LATEST CRIME NEWS

Share via
Copy link