Nothing justifies Israeli army live fire in Gaza – France

PARIS, There is no justification for the systematic use of live ammunition by the Israeli Army against peaceful and unarmed demonstrators on the Israel-Gaza border, France said on Tuesday.

“France deplores the high number of civilian, Palestinian victims in the Israeli repression demonstrations that have taken place in Gaza from March 30,” the Foreign Ministry said in its daily briefing.

Spokeswoman Agnes Von Der Muhll recalled a statement late Monday by President Emmanuel Macron in which he “condemned the violence of the Israeli armed forces against the demonstrators.” Close to 60 Palestinians were shot dead on Monday in the worst round of killings by Israeli snipers, who have killed close to 100 people since March 30, and have wounded thousands, many seriously.

While Marcon has called for a de-escalation of the stand-off on the Gaza border and restraint on all sides, he clearly laid the blame for the bloody outcome of the demonstrations at the Israeli military’s doorstep.

He also urged that peaceful demonstrations be allowed to take their course in the zone.

The French spokeswoman also quoted Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who has called for all parties to avoid a new flare-up in Gaza.

Le Drian “reminded (Israel) of its duty to protect civilians, in particular minors, and the right of Palestinians to demonstrate peacefully.” Many of those shot were not involved in violent or provocative acts and a number were indeed far from the border fence with Israel and posed no threat.

“Nothing can justify systematic shooting with live ammunition against peaceful and unarmed demonstrators,” Von der Muhll affirmed.

France said it will continue to work for a two-State solution whereby Israelis and Palestinians can live side-by-side in peace and security with Jerusalem as their shared capital.

French authorities on Monday also “disapproved” the decision of the United States to unilaterally open its embassy in Jerusalem, giving de facto recognition to Israel that the city was its capital.

The move is a violation of international law, France remarked, and it also violates UN resolutions in the Security Council and the General Assembly.

Source: Kuwait News Agency