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Dutch FM demands Israel investigate Gaza violence

Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters at the Gaza and Israel border during the fourth consecutive week of protests, organised as part of the Great March of Return, on 11 May 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]
A wounded Palestinian is being moved away from the site after Israeli forces fired at protesters during the 'Great March of Return' in Gaza on 11 May 2018 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok yesterday demanded Israel carry out a thorough investigation into its forces’ mass killing of Palestinian demonstrators on Monday, reported Xinhua news agency.

“It is extremely important that if a nation uses violence – there can be a need to use violence – the country should investigate thoroughly and publish the findings openly,” he told reporters.

“If any faults have been made, the country should make them known and punish those responsible,” he added. “I’m waiting for a thorough investigation by the Israeli government.”

Blok is the latest senior Western politician to urge an investigation into Israel’s use of lethal violence against Palestinians participating in the Great Return March protests in the Gaza Strip.

The United Nations Human Rights Council is today discussing a call for the establishment of an independent investigation in to this week’s events.

Read: Hague court looking at Israeli killing of Gazans

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