The Australian Government expresses its deep regret and sadness over the loss of life and injury during the continuing protests in Gaza.

We recognise that Israel has legitimate security concerns and needs to protect its population, and we call on Israel to be proportionate in its response and refrain from excessive use of force.

Australia urges Palestinian protesters to refrain from violence and attempting to enter into Israeli territory during the March of Return.

The violence underlines the importance of a return to negotiations toward a two-state solution so an enduring peace can be found.

The Australian Government is committed to a future where Israel and a Palestinian state exist side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognised borders.

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