Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
regarding the escalation of the situation in the Palestinian territories
We continue to receive worrying messages regarding the escalation of tensions in the Palestinian territories.
According to mass media reports, on the night of the 3 July up to 20 missiles and about a dozen mortars were shot from the Gaza Strip towards the South of Israel. Sderot was subjected to intensive shooting. In response, the Israeli air force attacked 15 targets in the territory of the enclave, as a result of which, as was reported, about 10 Palestinians were wounded. Since the beginning of July, over 30 missiles have been launched at Israel, and several dozen sites have been bombed in the territory of the Gaza Strip.
The situation in the occupied Palestinian territories – the West Bank of the Jordan River, including East Jerusalem, was drastically aggravated on the 2 July. One of the main causes was the kidnapping and later ruthless killing in reprisal of a 16 year old Palestinian resident of Jerusalem, Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, by unknown persons. We decisively condemn this crime, and extend our deep condolences to the friends and family of this Palestinian boy.
Moscow believes that the criminal practice of detentions and murders of innocent civilians, be they Israelis or Palestinians, is categorically unacceptable and should be rejected. We appeal to the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to undertake the greatest efforts to search for and fairly punish those who are guilty of the ruthless murder of three Israeli teens and Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir.
We insistently appeal to the parties involved in the confrontation again to put an end to the vicious circle of violence, to show restraint and do everything necessary to normalise the situation.