Israeli-Palestinian violence "shows no sign of relenting": UN envoy

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Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, briefs the Security Council at its meeting on the Middle East Situation, on screen. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Violence on-going in Israel and Palestine since October of last year shows no sign of relenting the UN envoy for the region said on Thursday.

Nickolay Mladenov briefed the Security Council via video link from Jerusalem.

At least 137 Palestinians and 20 Israeli's have died during the spiral of violence that began as a dispute over sites, holy to both Judaism and Islam.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The conflict has entered a "new and troubling phase," according to the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov.

On 31 January, a Palestinian security officer traveling in an official vehicle opened fire at a checkpoint near Ramallah and injured three Israeli soldiers.

Although the officer was acting independently, he stated, such incidents were especially dangerous as they corroded the relationship between the two security forces.

Mr Mladenov also shared with Council members, details of an assault by Palestinian youths that took place early on Thursday:

"Just a couple of hours before this session, in a supermarket in the West Bank, two Israelis were stabbed one of whom later succumbed to his wounds. The two 14-year old Palestinian attackers were shot by an armed civilian. Our thoughts go out to the families of these latest victims."

Security means alone cannot address these violent events, the special envoy said, calling on political leaders on both sides, to stand up to incitement and the radicals within their own constituencies. 

Meanwhile, he spoke out against the administrative detention of the Palestinian journalist, Mohammed al-Qeiq, who has been on hunger strike for 85 days.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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