Government Expresses Anger at Deaths on Israel/Gaza Border

Alistair Burt, the Minister for the Middle East, has expressed concern following the death of over a dozen Palestinian protesters on the Israel/Gaza border. Israel has also rejected a request from the United Nations and the European Union for an inquiry to be held into the deaths.

Burt said in a statement:

“I am appalled by the deaths and injuries on the Israel/Gaza border on Friday (30 March). There is an urgent need to establish the facts, including why such a volume of live fire was used and what role Hamas played in the violence. But the most important thing is to ensure that there is no repeat of what happened, with all sides committing to peaceful protest, restraint and international law.

This issue cannot just be managed over time. We need a political process to deliver a two-state solution; urgent action to improve the economic and humanitarian situation in Gaza, including easing of restrictions by Israel and Egypt; and Palestinian reconciliation based on full adherence to the Quartet principles by Hamas”.