In a statement on Saturday, the European Union called on Israel and the Palestinians to clarify the use of violence during clashes along the Gaza Strip border on Friday. “The European Union reiterates its previous call for utmost restraint,” the statement read.

Gazan injured during protest (archive)

Gazan injured during protest (archive) Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

The European Union on Saturday reiterated its call for Israel and Gaza to act with restraint in the wake of the deadly clashes on Friday. The EU also urged both sides to clarify the reports of violence.

“Yesterday, at least nine Palestinians, including a minor and a journalist wearing a ‘press’ jacket, were killed in Gaza and hundreds were injured by Israeli live fire,” the statement read. “This raises serious questions about the proportionate use of force which must be addressed. Reports by the Israeli Defense Forces about throwing of stones and firebombs against their positions and attempts to cross the fence into Israel must also be clarified.”

“The European Union reiterates its previous call for utmost restraint,” the statement continued. “The priority now must be to avoid any further escalation and loss of life. Palestinian factions must engage seriously to allow the Palestinian Authority to resume its full responsibilities in Gaza, which is crucial for improving the situation of the people in Gaza.”

In a statement on Saturday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit clarified the military would investigate the claims that it had killed the Palestinian journalist. “The IDF is committed to preventing infiltration into Israel, as well as threats against our troops and Israeli civilians,” the statement read. “The IDF does not target journalists. The circumstances that led to journalists allegedly being harmed by IDF fire are not known to us and are being investigated.”