Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the president of Egypt, said Wednesday the violence along the Israel-Gaza border was prompted by the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Photo credit: Kremlin

In his first statement addressing this week’s deadly clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi put the blame on the US’ decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

“During the opening ceremony of the US embassy in Jerusalem, dozens of Palestinians were shot dead by the IDF,” el-Sisi said on Wednesday. “We had warned in the past that such a move could prompt disturbances as well as a negative view of Israel in the world.”

He added that the recent events along the border might push peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians further away. “I call upon Israel to avoid excessive shooting and to understand that the actions of the Palestinians are legitimate,” he said.