Russia slams Israel's 'indiscriminate' violence against Palestinians

Russia slams Israel's 'indiscriminate' violence against Palestinians
Moscow has said that it supports calls by the United Nations to investigate violence by Israel against Palestinian protesters.
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10 April, 2018
Israel has killed 31 Palestinians during recent protests in the Gaza Strip [AFP]

Russia on Monday condemned "unacceptable" and "indiscriminate" fire by the Israeli army against protesters in the Gaza stip, which has left 31 Palestinians dead.

"Considering that the indiscriminate use of force against the civilian population is absolutely unacceptable, we once again call upon the Palestinians and Israelis to refrain from steps that will exacerbate this dangerous tension," Moscow's foreign ministry said in a statement.

It said it supported calls by the UN to conduct an investigation into the violence.

The border fence between the Palestinian enclave and Israel has become the backdrop of mass Gaza demonstrations. 

Israel has faced mounting questions over its use of live fire after 10 days of protests and violence along the Gaza Strip border in which its forces have killed 31 Palestinians, according to Gaza's health ministry.

Israel says it opens fire when necessary to stop damage to the border fence, infiltrations and attempted attacks.

Survivors of the protests, however, say that Israeli troops were deliberately shooting to maim unarmed protesters.