BRUSSELS, July 31 (KUNA) -- The EU Friday condemned the cold-blooded killing of a Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsha, by extremist Israeli settlers, saying "it is a tragic reminder of the dramatic situation in the region that highlights the urgent need for a political solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict." "A full and prompt investigation to bring the perpetrators of this terrible crime to justice is required. The Israeli authorities should also take resolute measures to protect the local population. We call for full accountability, effective law enforcement and zero tolerance for settler violence," said Catherine Ray, spokesperson for EU High Representative Fedrica Mogherini, in a statement. She warned that this "terrible attack can easily lead to a spiral of violence and bring both sides further away from a negotiated solution. Restraint and calm on all sides are needed so that the already tense situation on the ground does not aggravate further." The EU reiterates its strong opposition to Israel's settlement policy that seriously threatens the two state solution, said the spokesperson.
The EU extends its condolences to the Dawabsha family for their tragic loss and wishes a speedy recovery to the mother, father and the sibling of little Ali that were also injured in the arson attack in the village of Duma in the West Bank, added the statement.
According to media reports, the 18-month-old baby was killed in the attack on two homes in the village of Duma last night. (end) nk.ajs