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This new crime, the occupying Power claims, came in response to an earlier attack committed by two Palestinians against an illegal Israeli settlement in the area, during which two settlers were killed. Israeli occupying forces, however, charged the house in which the attackers were, killing both of them. For its part, the Palestinian Authority issued an immediate statement condemning the attack, stating that it would arrest those responsible, and reaffirmed its commitment to the ceasefire. The Palestinian Authority did that in spite of its firm position regarding the illegality of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and the criminal behaviour of the illegal settlers against the Palestinian people.
The above-mentioned Israeli crime once again indicates what we have mentioned in our previous letters to you since the conclusion of a ceasefire agreement between President Yasser Arafat and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. In fact, the Israeli Government and Israeli occupying forces not only have not implemented their part of the agreement but have in actuality increased their oppressive measures against the Palestinian people, resulting in the killing of 27 Palestinians since the conclusion of that agreement. Israeli actions as well as statements made by Israeli officials all indicate the unwillingness of the Government to proceed with a ceasefire and the implementation of the Mitchell recommendations towards the resumption of negotiations on a final settlement.
I am writing this letter in follow-up to our previous 70 letters addressed to you regarding this grave and ongoing situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, dated from 29 September 2000 to 2 October 2001 (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 and 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; and A/ES-10/114-S/2001/928). I regret to inform you that the above-mentioned killings of Palestinians by Israeli occupying forces yesterday raise the total number of Palestinians killed since 28 September 2000 to 667 (the names of the martyrs are contained in the annex).
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.
2. Nour Eldin Mohammed Quwedar
3. Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Hani
4. Wael Awaad
5. Mohammed Al-Shorafi
6. Salim Ziara
* The total number of Palestinian martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces since 28 September 2000 is 667.