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EU calls for transparent probe into Gaza massacre

The European Union has called for an independent and transparent probe into Israel’s deadly use of force against protesters in the Gaza Strip.

According to Press TV, EU’s Diplomatic Chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday called for an investigation that could shed light on how the Palestinians were martyred during demonstrations at the border between Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territories a day earlier.

“The use of live ammunition should, in particular, be part of an independent and transparent investigation,” said Mogherini in reference to the use of live ammunition by Israel’s military during Friday clashes at Gaza’s border.

At least 17 Palestinians lost their lives and more than 1,400 others sustained injuries when Israeli military forces opened fire on thousands of protesters who had flocked to a sit-in near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Mogherini, who speaks on behalf of the European Union’s 28 member states, expressed her sympathy for the victims of the clashes while calling on Zionist regime to at least respect the rights of the Palestinians to freely voice their criticism of the regime’s conduct toward them.

“The EU mourns the loss of life. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims,” said the former Italian foreign minister, adding, “Freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are fundamental rights that must be respected.”

Dubbed “The Great March of Return,” Friday’s rallies in Gaza coincided with the 42nd anniversary of ‘Land Day’, which commemorates the murder of six Palestinians by Israeli forces in 1976.

The Return rallies will culminate on May 15 that marks ‘Nakba Day’ (Day of Catastrophe) when Israel was created.