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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday strongly condemned the Israeli counterterrorism in Jenin, in which eight Israeli troops were injured after they came upon a bomb planted by terrorists.

Palestinian Authority-based media reported that four Palestinian Arabs died in a firefight that broke out during the operation to arrest terrorists, with 45 more wounded.

In a statement quoted in the UAE’s official news agency WAM, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on Israeli authorities “to reduce escalation, and avoid steps that exacerbate tension and violence in the Palestinian territories.”

The ministry “stressed the need to support all regional and international efforts to stop the escalation of tension and advance the revival of the Middle East Peace Process, end illegal practices that threaten the two-state solution, and establish an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

The UAE was one of four Arab nations to normalize relations with Israel in the Abraham Accords, which were brokered by the US in 2020.

Since the signing of the accords, there have been a multitude of bilateral agreements in all areas between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi.

Despite this, the UAE has condemned past Israeli counterterrorism operations as well.