"We are not at this point collecting information for an independent investigation because we do not have the mandate to do so," spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said during a press briefing.
The UN spokesperson told reporters the United Nations has been in contact with various parties of the conflict and seen the statements coming from the Israeli government on this issue.
However, as the official explained, the United Nations will continue to monitor the situation and follow the developments in the region.
Dujarric addressed the lack of unity on the UN Security Council on the matter and emphasized the need for the international community to show a willingness to resolve the issue.
Situation in Gaza, Mass Protests
The Palestinian protest, dubbed "The Great Return March," kicked off on Friday is expected to end on May 15, when Palestinians will commemorate the Nakba (disaster in Arabic), or the ethnic cleansing and forced the relocation of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians after Israel announced its independence in 1948.
Hamas, listed as a terrorist organization in some countries, including the United States and Israel, gained control of the Gaza Strip following the 2007 election. The movement is one of the organizers of the ongoing protests.