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Israel won't investigate Gaza violence that killed 15 Palestinians

Israeli soldiers throwing tear gas grenades across the border with Gaza as Palestinians gathered for demonstrations. Photo: Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images

The Israeli government has rejected calls from the European Union and United Nations for an investigation into the this weekend's violence along Gaza’s border with Israel, the AP reports. The U.N. said the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that the deadly standoff killed 15 Palestinians and injured over 1,000. The clash came during a mass demonstration with thousands of Palestinians gathering along the border for a what was supposed to be a peaceful protest against Israel’s decade-old blockade of the territory.

The details: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman reportedly said the country will not cooperate with any inquiry, adding that Israeli troops acted appropriately and fired only when there was a threat. However, the AP reported that video from the scene showed cases where people were shot far from the border — and while they were not participating in the protests.