Borrell appeals to Israel not to use lethal force unless unavoidable

Joseph Borrell
Joseph Borrell / Photo: EPA-EFE / FREDERICK FLORIN / POOL

The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called on Israel not to use lethal force, "except as a last resort", in response to the Palestinian attacks yesterday and today, in which seven people were killed and 12 wounded.

"Two people were wounded by firearms in another attack today in East Jerusalem", the Israeli police said this morning, describing it as a "terrorist attack", carried out a day after the deadly attack on a synagogue in the same city in which seven people were killed and 10 were wounded.

The shooting happened less than 24 hours after the attack on the synagogue on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The attacks were condemned by Israel's allies and some Arab countries, and 42 people were detained for questioning in the investigation.

"The European Union fully understands Israel's legitimate security concerns, which are further justified by the latest terrorist attacks, but it should be emphasized that lethal force should not be used except as a last resort, when it is unavoidable to protect lives." , Borrell said after today a Palestinian boy (13) wounded a father and son near an important archaeological site for Jews.

Borrell says the Union is concerned about the rising tension in Israel and the Palestinian territories and calls on both sides to do everything possible to defuse the current situation and launch coordinated actions to prevent further attacks and violence.

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