Nigeria’s Federal Government has condemned Israel’s fatal response to the protests by Palestinians along the Gaza Strip, in which 58 unarmed demonstrators were killed.
In a statement Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs conveyed the federal government’s concern over the killings that have resulted in heightened tensions in the middle-east.
“The Israeli Government must stop such use of excessive force against unarmed civilians, including children, and respect the basic human rights of Palestinians as well as international law,” the ministry added.
The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said 58 Palestinians were killed and nearly 1,000 were injured in violent clashes with Israeli forces this week.
Israeli security forces said they were responding to deliberate attempts, spurred by Hamas, to overwhelm and breach the boundary fence to launch terror attacks in Israel in the wake of the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem.
In addition to protesting the embassy relocation, Palestinians were also marking the 70th anniversary of what they call the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” of Israel’s creation in 1948.
The Israeli army said three of the Palestinians killed on Monday were trying to plant explosives at the border fence.
In two separate incidents, IDF troops opened fire on gunmen who were trying to shoot them, in addition to several Israeli airstrikes on Hamas positions in Gaza, Hadashot TV news said.