Sweden demands probe into Israeli attacks

Daily attacks and killings by the Israeli army are sufficient to warrant an investigation by the UN

Sweden demands probe into Israeli attacks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sweden's foreign minister called for an enquiry 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. 

Daily attacks have been taking place for the last three and a half months soldiers have killed 24 people. At least 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli army since mid-September.

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

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

Wallstrom was quoted by news agency TT as saying 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."

source: AP

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Ocak 2016, 12:52