UN rights chief condemns settler attacks

2nd September 2010, Comments 0 comments

The killers of four Israelis in the West Bank "can be held accountable under international criminal law," the UN human rights chief on said Thursday.

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, added: "I strongly condemn these attacks, which as well as being abhorrent in themselves, also appear to be aimed at undermining the current round of peace talks."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas resumed long-stall peace negotiations Thursday.

Their meeting went ahead despite the attack late Tuesday, when four Israelis were shot dead near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba.

The fresh bid for peace came a day after Israel sealed off parts of the West Bank while Palestinian security forces arrested scores of Hamas supporters following the shootings.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has claimed responsibility the killings, and for a second attack Wednesday, in which two Israeli were seriously wounded.

Top level talks in search of an elusive Middle East peace deal broke off in December 2008 when Israel invaded the Palestinian Gaza Strip to halt militant rocket fire on its south.

© 2010 AFP

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