Moscow, Apr 9 (AFP) Russia today condemned “unacceptable” and “indiscriminate” fire by the Israeli army in clashes that have left some 30 Palestinians dead in the Gaza strip.

“Considering that the indiscriminate use of force against the civilian population is absolutely unacceptable, we once again call upon the Palestinians and Israelis to refrain from steps that will exacerbate this dangerous tension,” Moscow’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

It said it supported calls by the UN to conduct an investigation into the violence.

The border fence between the Palestinian enclave and Israel has become the backdrop of mass Gaza demonstrations that has led to deadly clashes.

Israel has faced mounting questions over its use of live fire after 10 days of protests and violence along the Gaza Strip border in which its forces have killed 30 Palestinians, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

Israel says it opens fire when necessary to stop damage to the border fence, infiltrations and attempted attacks.

It alleges Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip and with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, is seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence. (AFP) MRJ MRJ

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