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UN Mideast peace envoy condemns Israel's arrest campaign

June 20, 2014 5:21 A.M. (Updated: June 22, 2014 2:24 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, on Friday expressed concern over Israeli arrest operations in the occupied West Bank, as a mass campaign to detain Palestinians entered its eighth day.

"The Special Coordinator is deeply concerned by reports that Israeli security operations in the West Bank since the abduction of three Israeli students have resulted in over 300 Palestinians arrested, many injured, and three Palestinians killed, including one minor this morning."

Serry urged Israel for "restraint" and to carry out all security operations in compliance with international law and "respect for the lives, dignity and livelihoods of Palestinians."

"It should thus seek to minimize the impact of security operations on individuals who have committed no offense and investigate allegations of excessive use of force, including the killing of civilians."

Since last Friday, Israeli military forces have imposed severe restrictions on movement in the Hebron area, home to over 600,000 Palestinians, and have carried out daily arrest operations which have seen 330 Palestinians detained.

Three Palestinians have been killed, including a 14-year-old boy on Friday, as a wide spread search campaign for three missing Israelis has morphed into a full assault on Hamas members across the West Bank.
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