UN chief condemns Palestinian toddler killing, urges calm

July 31, 2015 20:56

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned on Friday the killing of a Palestinian child in the West Bank, saying the absence of a peace process and Israel's illegal settlement policy had sparked violent extremism by Jews and Palestinians.

Jewish settlers were suspected of torching a Palestinian home in the West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old child and seriously injuring his parents and brother, an act that Israel's prime minister described as terrorism."Continued failures to effectively address impunity for repeated acts of settler violence have led to another horrific incident involving the death of an innocent life. This must end," Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Though Israel has promised to crack down on such extremists, only a handful of indictments have been handed down.

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