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More governments issued condemnations on Friday after the deadly melee surrounding an aid convoy in northern Gaza, where scores of Palestinians were killed as Israeli forces opened fire in an incident whose precise details remain unclear.

The British foreign secretary, David Cameron, called the deaths “horrific” and called for an urgent investigation. “This must not happen again,” he said in a statement that stressed the inadequate quantities of aid reaching civilians and demanded that Israel open more aid crossings, speed up deliveries and increase protections for ordinary Palestinians, NGOs, medics and others providing help.

Mr. Cameron also called for an immediate pause in the fighting. “A sustained pause in the fighting is the only way to get lifesaving aid in at the scale needed and free the hostages cruelly held by Hamas,” he said.

The Indian government said in a statement that it was “deeply shocked at the loss of lives in northern Gaza yesterday during delivery of humanitarian assistance.”

“Such loss of civilian lives and the larger humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to be a cause for extreme concern,” it said. “We reiterate our call for safe and timely delivery of humanitarian aid and assistance.”

South Africa, whose government has been extremely critical of Israel’s military offensive against Hamas in Gaza, said it “condemns the massacre” of people “as they sought lifesaving aid.” The people who came under fire, South Africa said in a statement issued by its Department of International Relations and Cooperation, were “already vulnerable due to the onslaught on Palestinians over the last four months.”

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