The UN Security Council March 30 at headquarters in new York held an emergency meeting because of the worsening situation in Gaza and urged to avoid further escalation of violence. Public hearings diplomats aired on the official YouTube channel of the organization.
Assistant UN Secretary-General for political Affairs Taye-brook Zerihoun said that the Israeli security forces «should exercise restraint».
«Force should only be used in extreme cases and deaths should be investigated,» he said.
The permanent observer of Palestine to the UN Riyad Mansour said that, according to the latest data, as a result of the use of weapons by Israeli security forces killed 17 of palestincev, about 1,400 were injured.
«There is nothing more disgusting than a mass murder. The peaceful protestors did not pose any threat to the soldiers of Israel,» he said.
Mansour said that the authorities had planned a «heinous massacre» by placing in the Gaza strip 100 using snipers and armored vehicles.
The Israeli representative was absent at the meeting allegedly due to the beginning of the preparation for the main Jewish holiday Pesach, informed Reuters.
March 30, Palestinians on the border with Israel near the Gaza strip broke the tent camps and started a campaign «the Big March of return», which should last six weeks. The demonstrators demanded the return of the Palestinian refugees to the territory of the Jewish state.
After the use of weapons, the Israeli military said that they shot at the militants of Hamas. It was initially reported 12 Palestinians dead.
The Israeli defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman advised the demonstrators not to approach the border, «not to expose their lives to danger.»
In the 1990-ies between Palestine and Israel brokered by US and Russia signed an agreement, which among other things included that the Palestinians will get the opportunity to create their own independent state, and in response to stop attacks on Israel. The first agreement was signed in Oslo in August 1993.
Since then, Palestine is a partially recognized state. September 30, 2015, speaking at the United Nations, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said that his country no longer adhere to the peace agreements with Israel, known as the «Oslo accords». Abbas accused Israel that it does not comply with the peace agreement.
In may 2017 at a meeting in Bethlehem with the President of the United States Donald trump, Abbas said that he is willing to negotiate a settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
6 Dec trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced the postponement of the U.S. Embassy in this city, after which the situation in the region deteriorated.
The UN Security Council urged to avoid further escalation of violence in Gaza 31.03.2018