May 07, 2021 04:51 UTC
  • UN voices concern over imminent eviction of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah

The United Nations has expressed concern over the imminent eviction of dozens of Palestinians by the Zionist regime from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in al-Quds.

According to reports, in a statement on Thursday, UN special coordinator for the peace process in the region, Tor Wennesland said the world body is concerned by the eviction of desperate Palestinian families under an Israeli court ruling.

“I urge Israel (Zionist entity) to cease demolitions and evictions, in line with its obligations under international humanitarian law,” the UN official said, Palestine's official Wafa news agency reported.

Israeli forces have been demolishing Palestinian homes and structures in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for the construction of a new settlement outpost.

Some 28 Palestinian families face the threat of forceful eviction from the neighborhood.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has already warned the illegal Zionist entity against the move.

In a statement on Sunday, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, held the Israeli regime responsible for harming the inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah.

On Tuesday, the military wing of Hamas said the regime would “pay a heavy price” if it did not stop aggression against the Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.

Wennesland said he was also deeply concerned by a surge in tensions in the West Bank, including al-Quds, since the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan.

He noted that in the past few days alone a Palestinian woman and a child have been martyred by Israeli soldiers in separate incidents.

“If unaddressed, the situation could spiral out of control,” Wennesland warned.