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Bodies of Palestinians killed during a protest on a border with Israel lay in the morgue in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 14, 2018. Israeli soldiers shot and killed dozens of Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday

Gaza deaths ‘provoke deepest concern’: Kremlin

MOSCOW

The Kremlin on Tuesday said it was deeply concerned at Israel’s killing of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza who were protesting the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

“The situation, particularly the deaths of many dozens of Palestinians, cannot but provoke the deepest concern,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

“Moscow expressed concern from the start over the actions of the US that could lead to provoking tensions in the Middle East,” Peskov said.

“Unfortunately, that’s how it worked out.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned in December that the US decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “does not help regulate the situation in the Middle East but instead destabilises the already-complicated atmosphere.”

“We are following the situation very closely and consider as before that all sides, all countries, especially the members of the Quartet, must avoid any actions, that provoke such outbursts of tensions,” he said of the diplomatic grouping which includes the US, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia.

Jerusalem is one of the most thorny issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both sides claiming it as their capital.

Most of the international community does not formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and almost all embassies are located in Tel Aviv.

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