In a statement on Tuesday, according to UN Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland, there is a risk that violence in the occupied West Bank might shatter the ceasefire in Gaza established in May.
Wennesland expressed worry over recent events in the occupied West Bank, especially East Jerusalem, in a report he shared with the UN Security Council.
While Palestinian militant groups call for more confrontations with Israel, skirmishes, assaults, military operations, and high levels of settler-related violence have persisted according to the report mentioned.
According to Wennesland, the Palestinian Authority’s institutional stability is being threatened by “continued unilateral steps including Israeli settlement advances, expulsion, and demolitions — as well as the acute budgetary and economic crises in occupied Palestinian lands.”
He further stated that, if left unchecked, not only will the West Bank situation worsen, but local dynamics might also damage the security situation in Gaza and erode the ceasefire of hostilities that has been in place since May 2021.”
The UN coordinator also encouraged all parties to take prompt action in order to calm the situation.
Israeli security forces have murdered 12 Palestinians, including one woman and four children, while injuring 306 others since September 29.