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The human losses and the physical destruction throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, continue to mount as a result of the Israeli military campaign against the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority. The deterioration of the situation continues and tensions in the area continue to escalate, further exacerbating an already volatile situation.
The Security Council of the United Nations needs to seriously address this critical matter and take concrete and speedy action to ensure the immediate withdrawal of the Israeli forces and bring this wave of killing and destruction to an end. It is incumbent upon the Security Council to uphold its duties and responsibilities for the maintenance of peace and security wherever needed.
In follow-up of our previous letters to you regarding the grave situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, dated from 29 September 2000 to 24 October 2001 (A/55/432-S/2000/921;A/55/437-S/2000/930; A/55/450-S/2000/957; A/55/466-S/2000/971; A/55/474-S/2000/984; A/55/490-S/2000/993; A/ES-10/39-S/2000/1015; A/ES-10/40-S/2000/1025; A/ES-10/42-S/2000/1068; A/ES-10/43-S/2000/1078; A/ES-10/44-S/2000/1093; A/ES-10/45-S/2000/1104; A/ES-10/46-S/2000/1107; A/ES-10/47-S/2000/1116; A/ES-10/48-S/2000/1129; A/ES-10/49-S/2000/1154; A/ES-10/50-S/2000/1173; A/ES-10/51-S/2000/1185; A/ES-10/52-S/2000/1215; A/ES-10/53-S/2000/1247; A/ES-10/54-S/2001/7; A/ES-10/55-S/2001/33; A/ES/10/56-S/2001/50, A/ES-10/57-S/2001/101; A/ES-10/58-S/2001/131 A/ES-10/59-S/2001/156; A/ES-10/60-S/2001/175; A/ES-10/61-S/2001/189; A/ES-10/64-S/2001/209; A/ES-10/65-S/2001/226; A/ES-10/66-S/2001/239; A/ES-10/67-S/2001/255; A/ES-10/68-S/2001/284; A/ES-10/69-S/2001/295; A/ES-10/70-S/2001/304; A/ES-10/71-S/2001/314; A/ES-10/72-S/2001/332; A/ES-10/75-S/2001/352; A/ES-10/76-S/2001/372; A/ES-10/79-S/2001/418; A/ES-10/80-S/2001/432; A/ES-10/81-S/2001/447; A/ES-10/82-S/2001/463; A/ES-10/83-S/2001/471; A/ES-10/84-S/2001/479; A/ES-10/85-S/2001/486; A/ES-10/86-S/2001/496; A/ES-10/87-S/2001/504; A/ES-10/88-S/2001/508; A/ES-10/89-S/2001/544; A/ES-10/90-S/2001/586; A/ES-10/91-S/2001/605; A/ES-10/92-S/2001/629; A/ES-10/93-S/2001/657; A/ES-10/94-S/2001/669; A/ES-10/95-S/2001/686; A/ES-10/96-S/2001/697; A/ES-10/97-S/2001/708; A/ES-10/98-S/2001/717; A/ES-10/99-S/2001/742; A/ES-10/100-S/2001/754; A/ES-10/101-S/2001/783; A/ES-10/102-S/2001/785; A/ES-10/103-S/2001/798; A/ES-10/104-S/2001/812; A/ES-10/105-S/2001/814; A/ES-10/107-S/2001/821; A/ES-10/108-S/2001/826; A/ES-10/110-S/2001/855; A/ES-10/111-S/2001/880; A/ES-10/112-S/2001/918; A/ES-10/114-S/2001/928; A/ES-10/115-S/2001/932; A/ES-10/116-S/2001/941; A/ES-10/117-S/2001/971; A/ES-10/118-S/2001/989; A/ES-10/119-S/2001/991 and A/ES-10/121-S/2001/1007), I regret to inform you that, since my last letter to you on 24 October, 21 more Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli occupying forces. That number includes those five Palestinians killed in the assault on Beit Reema on 24 October, as well as those martyrs killed in Tulkarem, Abu Dis and Bethlehem on that day, who have now been identified. (The names of the martyrs are contained in the annex to the present letter.) In total, these killings raise the number of martyrs killed by the Israeli occupying forces to 734 Palestinians.
I would be grateful if you would arrange to have the text of the present letter and its annex distributed as an official document of the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly, under agenda item 5, and of the Security Council.
1. Kamel Hussein Abdel Hamid Al-Barghouti
2. Harees Amin Ahmed Hijah
3. Kasem Atta Said Al-Moghraby
4. Abdel M’uti Mohammed Salamah Sharaayah
5. Rafiq Mohammed Mahmoud Sakr
6. Mohammed Ziab Sama’nah (from sustained wounds)
7. Ayman Fayeq Al-Jalad
8. Mohammed Fayeq Al-Jalad
9. Saleh Rasheed Al’Assi
10. Eissa Jeries Jalil
11. Marwan Ahmed Wared Halbiah
Thursday, 25 October 2001
1. Hassan Khalil Aref Abu Sariah
2. Wael Deefallah Naheen Abayaat
3. Salamah Ibrahim Al-Dibs
4. Firas Shehtah Salahat
Friday, 26 October 2001
1. Farid Abu Jalaluh
2. Eid Zaied Hassan Abu Sharkh
3. Othman Al-Razaina
4. Iyad Al-Batsh
5. Foad Al-Dahshan (17 years old)
Saturday, 27 October 2001
Feras Sabri Fares Jaber
a The total number of Palestinian martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces since 28 September 2000 is 734.