Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sweden Urging Israeli Palestinian Killings Probe; Says Human Rights Groups Find Them Unlawful

Israel has summoned the Swedish ambassador after Sweden's foreign minister called for a probe into claims by human rights groups that Israeli forces have carried out extrajudicial killings of Palestinians, the Euro News website reports today (January 13, 2016).

The claims assert "... that the Israeli response was reportedly disproportionate to the degree that extrajudicial killings could be strongly suspected.," said Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom. "Human rights groups and international law experts have expressed similar concerns. It is vital that there are thorough, credible investigations into these deaths in order to clarify and bring about possible accountability."

Israel has rejected the Swedish foreign minister's statement as "delusional."

The European Union, the United States, and the United Nations have all expressed concern, saying that while they recognize Israel's right to self-defense, restraint is necessary to ensure the violence does not escalate further. Some 170 Palestinians and 26 Israelis were killed during 2015 in the occupied territories and Israel, according to data from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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