Polish FM urges Israel to respect Palestinians' right to protest

The Polish Foreign Ministry expressed "deep concerns" over the hostilities in the Gaza Strip where dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops during violent protests against the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

"We are deeply concerned by the reports on last protests in Gaza Strip, in which dozens of people have been killed or injured," the Foreign Ministry said in a communique published on its website on Tuesday.

"We appeal to Israel to respect the right of the Palestinian people to peaceful protest," the ministry went on.

"At the same time we would like to emphasize that it must not be used as a pretext to encourage the violence. Israel has the right to defend itself and to secure its border against. However, the principle of proportional use of force should be followed," the ministry wrote.

The ministry expressed hope for reducing tensions on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

"We express our hope for the de-escalation of the situation on the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, which reduces the chances of the reactivation of the Middle East Peace Process. We are convinced that only a two state solution will allow both sides to fulfil their aspirations, put an end to the conflict, and achieve the just and lasting peace that Israelis and Palestinians long for and deserve," the ministry concluded.

Earlier on Tuesday, the ministry tweeted that Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz was asked by his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, for support during a UN Security Council debate on the recent developments in the Gaza Strip.

The United States officially transferred its embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, sparking a wave of protests during which 58 Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip at the Israeli border.

The Palestinian authorities have accused Israel of carrying out a massacre, while Israel has maintained that its army's activities were a defensive measure against the radical Hamas movement.