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EU calls on Israel to respect right to protest

Monitoring Desk

BRUSSELS: EU Vice President Federica Mogherini on Monday called on Israel to protect the right of peaceful protest in Gaza, a statement said.

The statement came on a day when thousands of Palestinians converged along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border with Israel to protest the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

At least 43 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred — and hundreds more injured — by Israeli army forces deployed along the other side of the border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

“Any further escalation of an already extremely tense and complex situation would cause again further unspeakable sufferings to both peoples, and will make the perspective of peace and security even more remote,” the statement quoted the EU vice president as saying.

Mogherini also affirmed the EU’s commitment to “meaningful negotiations” aimed at two-state solution.

“The EU will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem embodied in, inter alia, UN Security Council Resolution 478, including on the location of diplomatic representations until the final status of Jerusalem is resolved,” the statement underscored.

At least 43 Palestinians were martyred and hundreds injured on Monday by Israeli gunfire during anti-occupation rallies in the Gaza Strip, according to the Health Ministry. (AA)


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