The European Union called on Friday 15 April 2022 for all parties to respect the status quo at the holy sites in occupied Jerusalem.
“The European Union follows with deep concern the latest upsurge across the occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem and the clashes at Al Aqsa mosque on Friday morning,” said Peter Stano, spokesman for EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph Borrell.
“Violence needs to stop immediately. Further civilian casualties must be prevented as a priority. The status quo of the holy sites must be fully respected,” he added. “The EU reiterates the call on all sides to engage in de-escalatory efforts.”
A huge number of Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, or beaten by the Israeli occupation police who also fired a barrage of stun grenades.
Over the past weeks, tensions have risen across the West Bank as the Israeli occupation authorities carried out arrests and military raids in many areas, especially in the north of the territory.