GAZA STRIP (OBSERVATORY) – The European Union called on Israel to conduct a thorough investigation into the killings during clashes with Palestinians on the Gaza Strip border and to refrain from using “lethal” force against demonstrators.
The European Union said in a statement issued by its Foreign Affairs Office on Saturday that four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, were killed and 150 wounded by Israeli fire on Friday during a new round of the “Great March of Return” on the Gaza Strip border with Israel.
The European Union stressed “the need for a full investigation into the shootings that took place yesterday to highlight what happened and the causes of accidents.”
“The European Union once again expresses its sadness at the killing of people and calls on the IDF to refrain from the use of lethal weapons against unarmed demonstrators. The priority must now be to avoid further escalation of violence and the killing of persons.”
On Friday, thousands of Palestinians gathered at five points near the border with Israel to take part in a march called “Martyrs and Prisoners’ Day” in which they lit a number of rubber tires and threw stones at the army.
The number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli army since the beginning of the “March of Return” on March 30, 39 people, while thousands were injured.