Gaza: EU calls for restraint on both sides following deaths of dozens of Palestinian protesters
May 15, 2018
Dozens of Palestinians, including children, have been killed and hundreds injured from Israeli fire yesterday, during ongoing mass protests near the Gaza fence against the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem yesterday.
“We expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life. Israel must respect the right to peaceful protest and the principle of proportionality in the use of force. Hamas and those leading the demonstrations in Gaza must ensure that they remain strictly non-violent and must not exploit them for other means,” said High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini in a statement published today.
The EU will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem embodied in, inter alia, UN Security Council Resolution 478, including on the location of diplomatic representations until the final status of Jerusalem is resolved concluded the statement. Therefore, the EU remains firmly committed to continue working with both parties and with its partners in the international community towards a resumption of meaningful negotiations aimed at a two-state solution, based on the 4 June 1967 lines and with Jerusalem as capital of both.