UN: Israel seems quick to use force in West Bank

October 11, 2011 17:18

GENEVA - Israeli security forces escorting settlers into West Bank villages appear to have used excessive force against Palestinians, the UN human rights office said on Tuesday.

The global body called on the Jewish state to protect Palestinians and investigate a surge of attacks by Israeli settlers against civilians in the West Bank, particularly in the village of Qusra, near Nablus.

The village had been "targeted by settlers" at least six times in six weeks, said Rupert Colville, spokesman for United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

"We do have particular concerns about the way the IDF operates in circumstances, particularly in those surrounding this particular village ... They seem to be very quick to resort to excessive force when it comes to the Palestinians and not to restrain the settlers," Colville said.

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