A spokesperson for the European Union has called for “a full investigation” into Friday’s events along the Gaza border, in which four Palestinians were reportedly killed.
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The European Union on Saturday called for an investigation into the death of four Palestinian protesters during Friday’s clashes along the Gaza-Israel border.
“Yesterday, Israeli soldiers again opened fire on protesters in Gaza using live ammunition from across the border fence killing four Palestinians, including a 15-year old and wounding more than 150,” Maja Kocijancic, a spokesperson for the EU, said in a statement. “A full investigation is needed to understand what happened and why.”
“As we once again mourn the loss of lives, the EU calls on the Israel Defense Forces to refrain from using lethal force against unarmed protesters,” said the statement. “As stated repeatedly, the priority now must be to avoid any further escalation of violence and loss of life.”
Meanwhile, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman blamed “Hamas leaders” for the death of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy. “These cowardly leaders hide behind children and women and send them forward as human shields so they can continue digging tunnels and carry out terror acts against Israel,” he said.
On Friday evening, UN envoy to the Middle East Nikolay Mladenov also called to investigate the incident, tweeting, “How does the killing of a child in Gaza today help peace? It doesn’t! It fuels anger and breeds more killing.”