Gaza,(DRAH.ps)-- Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Friday for "an independent and transparent" investigation into Israeli crimes on Gaza borders.
The U.N. chief told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that “the recent violence in Gaza has resulted in many needless deaths and injuries."
Elaborating on several pressing situations, Guterres said the wounds of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict were deepening once again.
Reiterating his call for an independent and transparent investigation into the recent violence in Gaza and appealing to those concerned to refrain from action that could lead to more casualties, he reaffirmed the Organization's readiness to support a revitalization of the peace process leading to a two-State solution.
Israel killed 36 Palestinians in Gaza since 30 March, when the Great March of Return protests began. Twenty-seven of those killed, including three children and a journalist, were fatally wounded during protests.
More than 3,000 were injured during the first two Fridays of the Great March of Return, which is set to culminate on 15 May, when Palestinians commemorate the ethnic cleansing of the lands on which the state of Israel was declared in 1948.