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MFA advises against travel to Gaza strip

Connected to India logo Connected to India 16/5/2018 CtoI News Desk

In view of the latest escalation of violence in Gaza strip and Israel's borders with it, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has advised Singaporeans to avoid all travel to the area.

MFA also added that non-essential travel to the West Bank, including Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah should be avoided, according to a report by CNA.

There have been bloody clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters around the controversial opening of the US embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14.

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“Singapore is deeply concerned about the civilian casualties arising from the latest escalation of violence along the Israel-Gaza border,” said an MFA spokesperson.  “We urge all sides to exercise restraint and do their utmost to protect civilians while taking urgent steps to de-escalate the situation.”

“All parties have the responsibility to stop the violence and restore calm.”

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 58 protesters were killed and 2,700 injured by live gunfire, tear gas or other means on Monday. This is the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since 2014.

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