UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged an end to spiralling violence as he met Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, saying all recent killings must be thoroughly investigated. Aljazeera was there:
Ban’s visit on Wednesday was aimed at calming three weeks of deadly unrest in which 50 Palestinians and eight Israelis were killed across Israel and the Palestinian territories. “We will continue to support all efforts to create the conditions to make meaningful negotiations possible,” Ban told journalists after meeting Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday.
“But ultimately it is for Palestinians and Israelis to choose peace. Our most urgent challenge is to stop the current wave of violence and avoid any further loss of life.” Ban, who met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, said that “the only way to end the violence is through real and visible progress toward a political solution, including an end of the occupation”.
“I have stressed to both Israeli and Palestinian leaders the urgent need to reaffirm through words and deeds that they are partners for peace,” he said. Abbas called on Israel to strictly respect rules governing East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount. Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters at the compound in September preceded the current wave of violence.