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Gaza killings condemned

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Bangladesh has strongly condemned the use of deadly force by the Israeli authorities against unarmed Palestinians which left nearly 60 killed and thousands more injured.Dhaka also appealed to the international community to put pressure on Israel to stop the atrocities immediately and said it was dismayed by the decision of the United States  to shift its Embassy to Jerusalem.

Bangladesh stressed on preserving the legal status of Jerusalem as an international city within the framework of relevant UN resolutions. "Bangladesh reaffirms its position in favour of establishing the State of Palestine on the basis of two-state solution and on the pre- 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital," according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

In a related development, Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, condemned Israel's excessive use of force towards largely unarmed demonstrators at the Gaza fence on Monday, which has left 58 Palestinians dead, and almost 2,800 wounded.

"This blatant excessive use of force by Israel - an eye for an eyelash - must end, and there must be true accountability for those in military and political command who have ordered or allowed this force to be once again employed at the Gaza fence," UNB reported.

Lynk repeated his calls to the international community, through the United Nations, to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into these killings, as well as those that have occurred in thecontext of these demonstrations since 20 March.

"Impunity for these actions is not an option. Justice for the victims must become a priority for the international community," he said.



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