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The UN human rights chief on Tuesday denounced the latest cycle of violence in Israel and said the killings and woundings must cease.

"The recent operation in the occupied West Bank and car ramming attack in Tel Aviv worryingly underscore an all too familiar pattern of events: that violence only begets more violence," United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk said in a statement quoted by AFP.

"The killing, maiming and the destruction of property must stop," he added.

The statement followed the combined ramming and stabbing attack in Tel Aviv in which eight people were injured.

The attack came as IDF soldiers continued their counterterrorism operation in Jenin, arresting wanted terrorists and collecting arms.

Turk charged that some of the methods and weapons used in the Jenin raid "are more generally associated with the conduct of hostilities in armed conflict, rather than law enforcement".

"The use of air strikes is inconsistent with rules applicable to the conduct of law enforcement operations. In a context of occupation, the deaths resulting from such airstrikes may also amount to willful killings," he claimed.

Turk called on IDF troops to abide by international human rights standards on the use of force.

"These standards do not change simply because the goal of the operation is stated as 'counter-terrorism'," he said.

"Israel must also ensure timely access to medical care to all those injured," added Turk.

Turk’s comments come a day after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concerns over the Israeli counterterrorism operation in Jenin.

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the developments in Jenin. He affirms that all military operations must be conducted with full respect for international humanitarian law,” said a spokesperson for Guterres in a statement.

Also on Monday, the White House stated that the Biden administration was watching the operation "with concern" and called on the Palestinian Authority not to follow through on its announcement that security cooperation with Israel would be stopped.

Israel was also condemned for the operation by Turkey and Oman.