UN calls for independent investigation into ‘March of Return’ border clashes

The Israeli delegation skipped last night’s emergency United Nations Security Council meeting regarding the clashes along the Israeli-Gaza border due to the Passover holiday. At the end of the meeting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an independent and transparent investigation into the violence.
Protesters near the border, yesterday Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

The United Nations Security Council convened on Friday evening for an emergency meeting regarding the clashes along the Israeli-Gazan border, which led to at least 16 deaths on the Palestinian side.

The meeting was held at Kuwait’s request. Even though Israel asked that the meeting be postponed because it fell on Passover eve, the council decided to hold the meeting, prompting the Israeli representatives to boycott it.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon issued a statement before the meeting, warning the international community not to be deceived by the Palestinian attempts to portray the “March of Return” as a peaceful event. “While Jews around the world gathered with their family at the Seder table to celebrate the Passover holiday, the Palestinians sunk to a new deceitful low so that they could use the UN to spread lies about Israel,” Danon stated. “This shameful exploitation of our holiday will not succeed in stopping us from speaking the truth about the Hamas terror gatherings that aim to destabilize the region.”

While Britain’s envoy to the UN called for the Israelis and Palestinians to sign an agreement that would improve the situation in Gaza, the American representative stressed that Hamas and the other terrorist groups in the coastal enclave took advantage of the mass gathering to promote violence.

Watch: The UNSC meets to discuss the 'March of Return' clashes

Following the meeting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an independent and transparent investigation into the deaths and injuries that were caused during the event. “He also appeals to those concerned to refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties and in particular any measures that could place civilians in harm's way,” Guterres’ deputy spokesman said. “This tragedy underlines the urgency of revitalizing the peace process aiming at creating the conditions for a return to meaningful negotiations for a peaceful solution that will allow Palestinians and Israelis to live side by side peacefully and in security.”

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