- The federal government of Nigeria has condemned Israel’s deadly response to clashes along the border with the Gaza Strip
- The government asked the country to stop the use of excessive force against unarmed civilians
- The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said 58 Palestinians were killed and nearly 1,000 were injured in violent clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel
The federal government of Nigeria has condemned Israel’s deadly response to clashes along the border with the Gaza Strip, in which 58 unarmed Palestinian demonstrators were killed.
The ministry of foreign Affairs, in a statement, on Thursday, May 17, expressed the federal government’s concern over the killings.
The ministry added: ”The Israeli government must stop such use of excessive force against unarmed civilians, including children, and respect the basic human rights of Palestinians as well as international law.”
The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said 58 Palestinians were killed and nearly 1,000 were injured in violent clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel.
Israeli security forces said they were responding to deliberate attempts, spurred by Hamas, to overwhelm and breach the boundary fence to launch terror attacks in Israel.
In addition to protesting the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestinians were also marking the 70th anniversary of what they call the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” of Israel’s creation in 1948.
The Israeli army said three of the Palestinians killed on Monday were trying to plant explosives at the border fence.
In two separate incidents, IDF troops opened fire on gunmen who were trying to shoot them, Hadashot TV news said.
There were also several Israeli airstrikes on Hamas positions in Gaza.
According to the army, tens of thousands took part in the protests at several points along the border.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the government of Iran said on Tuesday, May 15, that Israeli operatives should be tried as war criminals over the "brutal massacre" of Gazan protesters on Monday, May 14.
Bahram Ghasemi, the spokesman to Iran's foreign ministry said: "The killing of children, women and defenceless people of Palestine and the occupation of Palestinian lands has become the main strategy of the Zionists over the 70 years of occupation."
Ghasemi urged the international community to take "immediate action" and declare Israelis as "war criminals in international courts".
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