The Secretary-General is especially concerned about reports from the village of Beit Rima, where Israeli forces have launched a major assault today resulting in substantial loss of life. The Secretary-General calls on Israel to cease this attack immediately, withdraw all its forces from Area A and also ensure that Palestinian ambulances and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) personnel have full access to the wounded in the village.
The Secretary-General reiterates that this further dangerous escalation, quite apart from being a breach of signed agreements, only deepens the cycle of violence in the region where tensions are already at boiling point.
The Secretary-General remains convinced that there is no alternative to a negotiated political solution to this conflict. He strongly urges the parties to return to this path.