Wallstrom Calls for UN Probe into Israeli Violence

January 13, 2016 11:06 PM IMEMC Agencies Human rights, International, News Report 0
13 Jan
11:06 PM

Sweden’s foreign minister called for an inquiry, on Tuesday, into claims that Israeli forces have carried out extrajudicial killings, in clashes with Palestinians.’It is vital that there are thorough, credible investigations into these deaths in order to clarify and bring about possible accountability,’ Margot Wallstrom told lawmakers, according to World Bulletin/Al Ray.

Daily attacks have been taking place for the last three and a half months, while at least 140 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army since mid-September.

Slamming the violence on both sides, Wallstrom said that the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, as well as other relevant human rights groups, have raised concerns about possible ‘extrajudicial killings’ by Israel.

Sweden has strained relations with Israel, in recent days. In 2014, Sweden recognized Palestinian statehood, and Wallstrom’s comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict received angry responses from Israeli officials.

Wallstrom was quoted by TT news agency as saying that she rejects any attempt to ‘portray Sweden, the government or me as Israel’s enemy. We are Israel’s friend and the Palestinians’ friend and both states have a right to exist.’

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