Moscow Concerned About Gaza Strip Escalation, Urges All Sides to Show Restraint

Moscow Concerned About Gaza Strip Escalation, Urges All Sides to Show Restraint
Sputnik / Middle East10:36 16.05.2018(updated 10:55 16.05.2018) Get short URL



The opening ceremony for the US Embassy in Jerusalem took place on Monday amid clashes on the Gaza Strip during which dozens of Palestinians were killed.

Russia is concerned about the escalation of the situation in the Gaza Strip and calls on all parties to show restraint and refrain from steps that provoke tension, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

“Moscow is extremely concerned about this dangerous escalation; we express our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the Palestinians killed, wishes for a speedy recovery of the victims. While reaffirming the Palestinians’ right to peaceful protests and condemning the use of military force against the civilian population, we again call on the parties involved to show restraint and to give up steps that provoke additional tension,” she said at a briefing.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said that Russia’s position on Jerusalem remains unchanged; Moscow advocates a two-state solution.

At least 61 protesters have been killed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), according to Gaza’s Health Ministry.

In December 2017, US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the US embassy to be relocated there from Tel Aviv. The decision fueled unrest across the Middle East and has been condemned by other countries.

Syria’s Douma

Report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma will be released in late May, Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

“Samples and other physical evidence were taken to the Hague for laboratory tests, which will take two-three weeks. We will be able to draw conclusions on the final results of the mission’s work in the city of Douma not earlier than in late May, when the report of the mission will be released,” Zakharova told a briefing.