Thursday, May 13, 2021

Russia Calls on Israel to ‘Immediately’ End Settlement Activities - Tasnim News Agency

(Tasnim) – Moscow urged Israel to put an end to violent clashes with Palestinians and settlement activities as soon as possible.

As security forces crack down on protests in East Jerusalem and are reportedly planning a full-scale ground operation in Gaza, the Russian foreign ministry in Moscow issued a statement which "emphasized the importance of putting an immediate end to the violence, as well as the inadmissibility of attacks on civilians, regardless of their nationality and religion."

On Wednesday, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov held a call with Mousa Abu Marzuk, a senior representative of Hamas. During the talks, Marzuk warned of a worsening humanitarian situation in East Jerusalem al-Quds, as well as reported shelling and bombing of residential areas in Gaza.

Furthermore, Russia insisted that Israel must maintain "the status quo of Jerusalem's sacred sites" and "immediately" stop all settlement activities in Palestinian areas.

Large-scale clashes have broken out in East Jerusalem al-Quds in recent days. Moves by Israeli officials to evict more than 70 Palestinians from homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood have sparked outrage in the Middle East and become the focus of an international campaign.

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