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London/Berlin/Cairo — On Tuesday, Britain called for an "independent investigation" into the violence on the Israel-Gaza border that left 60 people dead, after the US blocked a UN Security Council statement calling for an investigation. "The UK supports an independent investigation into what has happened," Alistair Burt, a minister at the foreign office responsible for Middle East affairs, told parliament. Germany signaled its support for such a probe. "It is our view that an independent investigation commission can clarify the violent incidents and the bloody violations at the border area," said German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert. Germany also blamed the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which controls Gaza, for stoking the flames. "It is clear that everyone has the right to peaceful protest, but it is just as clear that this right to peaceful protest should not be abused in order to provoke violence." The UK’s Burt called on Israel to show "greater restraint" in the...

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