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As Gaza violence leaves dozens dead, UN urges avoid further bloodshed

Last Modified Tuesday, 15 May 2018 (13:03 IST)
United Nations: Following reports that dozens of have been killed, demonstrating along the border of the Strip on Monday, Secretary-General António Guterres urged both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to show restraint. “The Secretary-General is profoundly alarmed by the sharp escalation of violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the high number of Palestinians killed and injured in the Gaza protests,” said Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq in a statement. “security forces must exercise maximum restraint in the use of live fire.

Hamas and the leaders of the demonstrations have a responsibility to prevent all violent actions and provocations,” the statement added. According to media reports, more than 50 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,000 wounded in Gaza – the Palestinian enclave occupied by Israel, as the Israeli army fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters assembled along the fence with Israel.

It was the highest Palestinian death toll in a single day since Hamas-led demonstrations began along the border fence on March 30; and the highest number of casualties inflicted since the 2014 conflict with Israel inside Gaza. During the six-weeks of demonstrations which organizers have called “the Great March of Return,” thousands of Palestinians have converged at the border to protest the long-standing blockade of the enclave.

Israel has accused Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other militants of using the protests – involving women, children, and elderly civilians - as a pretext to infiltrate Israel and carry out terrorist attacks. In the Monday’s march, many Palestinians were protesting the official move of the United States embassy, from to Jerusalem. The UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People does not recognize Israel’s claim that the entire city of is its capital.

The Committee considers that the status of Jerusalem must be settled through negotiations that take account of the political and religious concerns of all sides. “With tensions high and more demonstrations expected in the coming days, it is imperative that everyone show the utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life, including ensuring that all civilians and particularly children are not put in harm’s way,” said the Deputy UN Spokesperson. (UNI)

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