Thursday's meeting came within the framework of ongoing efforts by Cairo to mediate a truce between Israel and Gaza-based resistance groups.
Cuba reiterates its strong rejection to the use of disproportionate and indiscriminate force by Israel against Palestinian civilians in the occupied territory, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, in gross and flagrant violation of the UN Charter and global law, ambassador Rodriguez stated.
Dozens of Palestinians were injured with live Israeli ammunition as Israeli forces suppressed weekly protests along the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip under "The Great March of Return", on Friday. The Jewish nation is also uncompromising in its commitment to prevent Palestinian boats sailing up to the maritime boundary between Israel and the coastal enclave and promised to act unless Hamas stops launching rockets and incendiary balloons that threaten Israeli civilians.
However, Israeli defense officials said it was the quietest protest since the "March of Return" events began earlier this year. According to their estimations, Hamas may have stationed armed men close to the fence to try to minimize the violence, the Ynet news site reported.
Since March, Palestinians have moved right up to the border fence every Friday and occasionally breached it, leading to clashes in which more than 200 Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed.
A protester hurls stones while others burn tires near the fence of the Gaza Strip border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.
According to reports, Egypt had warned Hamas that renewed protests would bring a heavy Israeli response.
Following a rocket attack that resulted in a direct hit by a rocket on a house in Beersheva early Wednesday, the army had canceled school and restricted gatherings of more than 300 people in open areas and 500 people in closed spaces in the region.
The Israeli army, for its part, said it had struck 20 targets throughout Gaza, going on to hold Hamas - which has governed the strip since 2007 - responsible for the escalation.
Israel ramped up its armored forces along the Gaza border on Thursday in a daylight show of force, a day after a Palestinian rocket destroyed a home in southern Israel.