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ICRC condemns murder of 17-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir

02-07-2014 News Release 14/115

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) firmly condemns the murder today of 17-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem. The announcement of his death comes at a time of escalating tension in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, with clashes resulting in dozens of injuries today.

"We express our deepest sympathy to Mohammad's family," said Peter Maurer, the organization's president. "At this critical time, the ICRC calls on all sides to stand unequivocally against the abduction and murder of civilians. The current spiral of violence, loss and suffering must stop now."

The ICRC is engaged in confidential dialogue with the Israeli authorities on the impact in humanitarian terms of the ongoing situation. This dialogue is based on their responsibility under international humanitarian law to protect the population of the occupied territory.

For further information, please contact:
Ran Goldstein, ICRC Tel Aviv, tel: +972 52 27 57 517
Nadia Dibsy, ICRC Jerusalem, tel: +972 52 601 91 48
Sitara Jabeen, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 78   or  +41 79 536 92 31