Russia rips Israel over Gaza riots
After criticizing Israel for Syrian airstrike, Russia blasts Israel’s ‘unacceptable and indiscriminate’ use of force to stop Gaza rioters.
The Russian government criticized Israel over its use of force against Gaza rioters approaching the security fence along the Israel-Gaza border and terrorists using the riots as cover for attacks on Israeli forces.
In a statement released Monday afternoon by Russia’s Foreign Ministry, the Russian government condemned the Jewish state for what it deemed “unacceptable” use of “indiscriminate” fire.
“Considering that the indiscriminate use of force against the civilian population is absolutely unacceptable, we once again call upon the Palestinians and Israelis to refrain from steps that will exacerbate this dangerous tension.”
Russia’s foreign ministry backed calls for a United Nations-led investigation to probe the deaths of roughly 30 Gazans killed during clashes with the IDF on the Gaza-Israel frontier since the riots broke out on March 30th.
Israeli security sources claim that 12 of the Gazans killed have been identified as Hamas terrorists. The IDF has warned rioters that Israeli snipers will open fire on anyone who attempts to scale the security fence and enter Israeli territory.
Protesters kicked off six weeks of protests on the Israeli border with a 30,000-strong “March of Return” to the security fence separating Israel from Gaza. Rioters hurled fire bombs and burning tires at Israeli security personnel, while terrorists attempted to cross the border with assault rifles.
Earlier on Monday, Russia criticized Israel for its bombing of a Syrian airbase, T-4, in a predawn raid that left 14 dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Israel has yet to confirm or deny involvement in the airstrike.
The attack comes just days after a sarin nerve gas attack in the city of Douma, east of Damascus, that killed dozens of civilians.
Some estimates placed the total number of dead at 150, while other reports range from 60 to 80 dead.
On Sunday, President Donald Trump warned the Syrian government it would pay a “big price” for the suspected chemical weapons attack.
“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria,” tweeted Trump.
President Trump also condemned the Iranian regime and the Putin government for their support of the Assad regime.
Israeli forces bombed targets in and around Syria’s T-4 airbase two months ago, after an Iranian drone controlled from the base entered Israeli airspace.
The incident prompted an Israel reprisal on the base, during which an IAF F-16I was shot down.