US Senator Bernie Sanders claimed on Sunday that Israel “overreacted” to the recent Gaza border demonstrations. He insisted that the protests in which at least 10 terrorists were eliminated were “nonviolent.”

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On Sunday, US Senator Bernie Sanders slammed the Israeli government and IDF in the wake of the recent violence and attempted terror attacks along the Israeli-Gazan border. Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sanders rejected the Israeli government’s statement that the protests in which 17 Palestinians were killed were “violent terror demonstrations.”

“From what my understanding is, you have tens and tens of thousands of people who are engaged in a nonviolent protest. I believe now 15 or 20 people, Palestinians, have been killed and many, many others have been wounded,” the Vermont Independent told Tapper after tweeting about the matter. “So I think it’s a difficult situation, but my assessment is that Israel overreacted on that.”

According to an investigation carried out by the IDF, at least 10 of the Palestinians who were killed on Friday were terrorists, most of whom had connections to Hamas. Two of the terrorists were eliminated after they approached the border fence and opened fire on IDF troops on the other side. Guns and a grenade were found near the bodies.

Sanders added during the interview that the international community, under Washington’s leadership, needs to help end the struggle and dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. “Gaza is a disaster right now,” he explained. “Youth unemployment is off the charts. We’re going to continue to see those kinds of demonstrations and protests unless the world community recognizes the problem in Gaza and brings the Israelis and the Palestinians together to start addressing those problems.”