May 16, 2011 / 2:48 PM / 8 years ago

US urges restraint after Israel border clashes

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, May 16 (Reuters) - The White House on Monday expressed regret for the loss of life in deadly clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters over the weekend but said the Jewish state had the right to protect its borders.

“We encourage maximum restraint on all sides,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Air Force One after Israeli troops killed at least 13 protesters who surged towards its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday.

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