Published: 2018-03-31 16:16
Last Updated: 2018-03-31 19:15
A number of nations have reacted to the violent Friday attack of the Israeli forces against the “Great Return March”, near the Gaza border, which left at least 15 Palestinians killed and more than a thousand injured.
In addition to Jordan condemning the escalation in Gaza, here are a number of statements criticising the draconian measures taken by Israeli occupation.
Turkey condemned Israel for its use of excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators in a statement released by the Foreign Ministry. In it, the country expressed concern over the casualties from the Palestinian side and called on the international community to force Israel to stop the aggression. "Israel must immediately cease the use of force that will further increase tension in the region," the statement added.
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, was another prominent voice against the attack. In a twitter post on Saturday he condemned the timing of the attack and the excessive use of violence by writing:
“On the eve of Passover (of all days), which commemorates God liberating Prophet Moses and his people from tyranny, Zionist tyrants murder peaceful Palestinian protesters—whose land they have stolen—as they march to escape their cruel and inhuman apartheid bondage,”
Lebanon’s Hezbollah also emphasized its perpetual solidarity with oppressed Palestinians in their confrontation with the Israeli occupation, in a statement released on Friday.
A Kuwaiti representative in the United Nations Security Council, whose delegation had requested the session, said Palestinians can’t be excluded from the international commitment to protect civilians from murder. “Let us be clear here, what happened today was a peaceful demonstration to express their desire for their legitimate rights. These were defenseless people,” he said.
On the other hand, the American delegate in the session was reluctant to condemn Israel outright and stated that “Bad actors who use protests as a cover to incite violence endanger innocent lives.”.