LAST_UPDATEFri, 25 May 2018 9am

Putin, Erdogan Seriously Concerned About Deadly Clashes In Gaza

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday expressed serious concerns about the many Palestinians killed in violent clashes with Israeli forces in Gaza, Xinhua news agency reported.

In a telephone conversation, the two leaders paid particular attention to the mass protests in the Palestinian territories, sparked by the opening of the United States (US) embassy in Jerusalem, the Kremlin said in a press release.

"The Russian side underlined the importance of refraining from violence and the need to establish an effective negotiating process in order to find mutually acceptable solutions based on relevant United Nations (UN) decisions," it said.

Putin and Erdogan also discussed the settlement of the Syrian conflict and the Russian-Turkish cooperation in the energy sector.

Mass protests by the Palestinians took place in Gaza on May 14 when the US embassy was relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an ancient city holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews.

At least 60 Palestinians, including six children, were killed and more than 1,300 others injured by live and rubber bullets, said UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov.