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Israel's defence minister rejected calls for an independent investigation by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
France urged Israel on Sunday to show restraint following its military response to Palestinian demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border that killed at least 15.
"France reminds the Israeli authorities of their duty to protect civilians and urges them to show the greatest restraint," a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said in a statement.
"France also highlights the Palestinians' right to peacefully demonstrate," she added.
Israel's defence minister rejected calls for an independent investigation by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign policy chief, and other leaders.