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UN Security Council slams killing of Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem

English.news.cn   2014-07-03 09:41:13

UNITED NATIONS, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Wednesday "condemned in the strongest terms" the abduction and killing of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem,underlining "the need to bring the perpetrators of this deplorable act to justice."

"The members of the Security Council expressed profound sorrow and condemned in the strongest terms the abduction and killing of a Palestinian teenager from East Jerusalem on July 2," said a statement issued to the press here by the 15-nation council.

The Security Council "extended their condolences and sympathies to the family of the victim of this heinous act and to the Palestinian people," said the statement.

"The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of this deplorable act to justice," the statement said. "The members also called for immediate calm."

Earlier Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns the murder of the Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem, reiterating "his call on all parties to ensure that tensions do not escalate further, leading to more loss of life."

"The secretary-general condemns the murder of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem and calls for the perpetrators of this despicable act to be promptly brought to justice," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman.

A burnt body was found in a forest shortly after residents of Shuafat, an Arab neighborhood of northeastern Jerusalem, alerted police early on Wednesday to the possible abduction of a teenager who was seen forced into a vehicle at midnight Tuesday.

Police said they were yet to determine the motives for the killing, including the possibility that it was related to a domestic dispute.

Breaking news of the murder sparked clashes in Shuafat and Beit Hanina, where protesters hurled stones and pipe bombs at riot police who responded with tear gas, though no injuries were reported. Disturbances also ensued at the Temple Mount, which was closed to visitors.

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have soared since Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gil-Ad Sha'ar, 16, and Naftali Frankel, 16, were abducted in the West Bank on June 12 and subsequently murdered. Israel has repeatedly blamed the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas for the kidnapping and launched a wide-scale crackdown on the group, arresting hundreds of Palestinians and storming thousands of Palestinian homes and public institutions.

The murder of the Palestinian youth came just one day after hundreds of Jewish extremists marched Jerusalem in an anti-Arab rally, chanting "Death to Arabs" and "We demand revenge!" More than 40 demonstrators were arrested for rioting.

Editor: Shen Qing
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