Egypt condemns 'excessive use of violence' by Israeli forces against Palestinian demonstrators

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 Apr 2018

Protesters with placards and Palestinian flags crowd the street during a demonstration on Whitehall opposite Downing Street in central London on April 7, 2018 (Photo: AFP)

Egypt condemned on Saturday the continued "use of excessive violence and force" by Israeli forces against Palestinians at mass demonstrations, where at least nine people have been killed and thousands have been injured.

In an official statement, Egypt's foreign ministry condemned Israeli violence against unarmed civilians who have taken to the streets in peaceful protests against Israeli occupation for the second consecutive week.

The ministry stressed Egypt's rejection of the violence against Palestinians calling for their "legitimate and fair rights," and called on the international community to exert serious efforts to help Palestinians secure their right to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

On 30 March, a wave of Palestinian protests — dubbed the "Great March of Return" — erupted in Gaza, calling for a return of Palestinians to the homes of their ancestors who were displaced during the creation of Israel in 1948.

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