OCHA News Brief: Occupied Palestinian Territory

Press Release
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
27 June 2014

Israel / occupied Palestinian territory

We are following with increasing concern the human rights situation in the context of the ongoing operations by Israeli security forces after three Israeli teenagers went missing close to the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank over two weeks ago, on 12 June.

The Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri, met this week in Geneva with the mothers of the three missing Israelis and expressed her sincere sympathy with them. As a mother herself, she expressed her understanding of their deep anxiety about the fate of their sons. We are concerned that the three teenagers have still not been located, after being missing for 15 days. We hope for their immediate safe return.

Our heartfelt sympathy also goes out to the mothers and loved ones of the six Palestinians, including two teenagers, who have been killed by Israeli forces, in addition to the many others who have been injured, during these past two weeks.

We are alarmed about the loss of life, and the sharp increase in tension in the occupied West Bank, especially in and around Hebron, as a result of the Israeli operations. We call for prompt and thorough investigations, and prosecution of the perpetrators in cases where there has been excessive use of force. Since 12 June, around 500 Palestinians have been detained, hundreds of homes searched; media offices, universities and welfare organizations have been raided; at least 13 Palestinian structures have been demolished and several water cisterns have reportedly been drained or damaged. We are also concerned about reports of damage to property and theft during these operations, especially house-to-house searches, and their traumatic effect on children and families.

We reiterate our call for strict adherence to international law by all relevant actors and join others in their call for restraint.

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