“As we approach May 29, I call on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and make wise decisions to avoid another violent conflict that will only claim more lives,” UN Special Envoy for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland said in a statement.
He said he is in contact with all parties concerned to avoid escalation.
He also declared himself “deeply concerned about the recent cycle of violence” that caused the death of numerous people on both sides, the last one a 14-year-old Palestinian yesterday after being hit by Israeli military bullets in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Both the government and Palestinian militias criticized the so-called March of Flags, which will tour the Muslim Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City tomorrow afternoon.
We hold the Palestinian authorities responsible for the consequences of this event, warned the spokesman of the Palestinian Presidency, Nabil Abu Rudeina.
For their part, Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip warned in a joint statement that the parade “is a powder keg that will explode and set the whole region on fire”.
The Israeli army occupied the eastern part of the metropolis in 1967, and has held the territory under its control ever since, despite Security Council resolutions.
In fact, in 1980, the country’s authorities declared the entire city as the eternal and indivisible capital, a position rejected by the international community.