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Mogherini calls for utmost restraint in Gaza Strip

Tehran, European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called on Monday for 'utmost restraint' to avoid further loss of life in the wake of a clash along the Gaza border that has killed at least 52 Palestinians.

'Israel must respect the right to peaceful protest and the principle of proportionality in the use of force. Hamas and those leading the demonstrations in Gaza must ensure that they remain strictly non-violent and must not exploit them for other means,' the EU top diplomat said in a statement.

'Any further escalation of an already extremely tense and complex situation would cause again further unspeakable sufferings and will make the perspective of peace and security even more remote,' she added.

At least 52 Palestinians including women and children were martyred and over 2,410 others injured during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday.

Mogherini's statement was published at a time when EU members are in disagreement on how to react to US President Donald Trump's illegal decision to relocate American embassy from Tel Aviv to Quds.

A while ago, Trump's recognition of Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Zionist regime not only angered the Palestinian people but also drew the share criticism of the international community.

On Monday, simultaneous with the opening of the US embassy in Quds, Zionist forces opened fire at a peaceful rally of Palestinian people in Gaza Strip, killing at least 52 people and wounding 2,410 others.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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