The US is "deeply saddened" by the deaths of more than a dozen Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Friday, said Heather Nauert, US State Department spokeswoman.
Seventy Palestinians died in clashes with Israeli security forces and more than 1,400 were injured as demonstrators marched on the border fence between Israel and Gaza, CNN reported, citing the Palestinian representative at the United Nations.
Israeli officials estimated that tens of thousands of Palestinians marched along the CNN border as part of the "march of return".
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of life in #Gaza today and we urge those involved to take steps to reduce tensions," Nauert tweeted on Friday night.
"The international community is focused on taking steps to improve the lives of Palestinians and work on a peace plan, and violence does not promote any of these goals," she added
We are deeply saddened by the loss of life in the country #Gaza today. We urge stakeholders to take action to reduce tensions. The international community is focused on taking action to improve the lives of Palestinians and is working on a peace plan. Violence does not promote any of these goals.
̵1; Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) March 30, 2018
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) guarding the border fence said in a statement that they were forced to take action The demonstrators dispersed the crowd When protesters began throwing stones and throwing burning tires at the fence, thousands marched in recognition of the Palestinian Landtag, which in 1976 commemorates the confiscation of Palestinian land.
A total of 1,416 were injured by a combination of live and rubber bullets and gas inhalation until the end of Friday's marches, the Palestinian ministry of health said, according to CNN.