The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on the situation in Gaza Strip in New York headquarters and called for prevention of the further escalation of violence.
Taye-Brook Zerihoun, NATO Assistant Secretary General for political issues, stated that security forces of Israel should “exercise self-restraint”.
“The force should be applied only in case of urgency, and the casualties’ cases should be investigated,” he said.
Riyad Mansour, the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, said that according to the recent data, 17 Palestinians died and 1,400 were injured as a result of Israeli forces firings.
Israel’s representative was absent at the session allegedly due to the preparation to Pesach, a Jewish holiday.
Palestinians put up a tent city near the border with Israel near Gaza Strip and started a move “The big return march”, which is to last four weeks. The protesters demand the Palestinian refugees be back of the territory of the European state.
Having used the weapons, Israeli military servicemen stated that they shot at the militants of Hamas organization. 12 casualties among Palestinian were reported.
Avigdor Lieberman, Defense Minister of Israel, recommended the demonstrators not to approach the border to keep their lives safe.
Earlier, Israel has closed the last checkpoint, which allowed the trade with Gaza Strip, in January.