France has called on the Tel Aviv to show restraint and protect the lives of civilians after Israeli troops killed at least 17 Palestinians during Friday's Land Day peaceful demonstration.
"France reminds the Israeli authorities of their duty to protect civilians and urges them to show greatest restraint," said a French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman in a statement rereleased on Friday.
"France also highlights the Palestinians' right to peacefully demonstrate," the statement added.
On Friday, at least 17 Palestinians lost their lives and more than 1,400 others sustained injuries when Israeli military forces opened fire on thousands of protesters who flocked to a sit-in near the Gaza border.
Meanwhile, Israel rejected calls for an independent investigation after her acts of aggression along the border fence with the Gaza Strip.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an independent investigation into the bloodshed during the Palestinian demonstration at the Gaza-Israel border.
His appeal was echoed by Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign policy chief and several other world leaders.
The Palestinian rally, dubbed the "Great March of Return," will last until May 15, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe) on which Israel was created.
Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate Nakba Day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by Israelis in 1948.
More than 760,000 Palestinians - now estimated to number nearly five million with their descendants - were driven out of their homes on May 14, 1948.
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