UN condemns ‘stoning attack’ on Palestinian Prime Minister

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – The United Nations (UN) on Thursday condemned the throwing of stones at the Palestinian Prime Minister on Christmas Day, allegedly by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, calling it “absolutely unacceptable”.

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s convoy was hit with a number of stones on December 25, 2018 as he was returning home from attending Christmas Eve mass in Bethlehem, a Palestinian government spokesman said.

Two of Hamadallah’s bodyguards were injured, the spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.

The incident was not immediately reported but the government statement said the stones were thrown by Israeli settlers.

Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, called for those responsible for the “absolutely unacceptable” incident to be brought to justice.

“The stoning attack on Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah’s convoy on Christmas is a very worrying incident,” Mladenov said in a statement.

“Stones can kill,” he said.

“Such violence must stop immediately.”