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UN calls for 'independent and transparent' investigation into Palestinian deaths

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an independent and transparent investigation into the deaths and injuries along Gaza’s border with Israel.

Following an emergency meeting on Friday, deputy spokesperson for the UN Sec-Gen Farhan Haq said that Guterres wants an “independent transparent investigation.”

The Security Council stopped short of releasing a joint message or sanctioning joint action for the violence that saw 15 Palestinians killed and over 720 wounded by Israeli fire as thousands marched to Gaza’s border with Israel.

The Palestinian ambassador, Riyad Mansour said he was disappointed the security council did not condemn what he called a “heinous massacre” of peaceful demonstrators.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said “the international community must not be deceived,” adding that the Palestinian protests were “ a well organised and violent terror-gathering.”

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