TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi met in Cairo to discuss the events of the Friday's March of Return protest on the Gaza Strip border.

In a joint press conference, the two voiced their support of the Palestinians, urging the international community to intervene and defend them.

"The international community must protect the Palestinians who demand their legitimate rights," Safadi said.

"We refuse violence against them and refuse to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."

"Protect the Palestinians so they can obtain their legitimate rights," Shoukry echoed.

On Friday, at least 17 Palestinians lost their lives and more than 1,400 others sustained injuries when Israeli military forces opened fire on thousands of protesters who had flocked to a sit-in near the Gaza border.

Meanwhile, Israel’s defense 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.