United States vetoes UN resolution offering 'protection' for Palestinians

United States vetoes UN resolution offering 'protection' for Palestinians

United States vetoes UN resolution offering 'protection' for Palestinians

Kuwait presented its draft two weeks ago, initially calling for an worldwide protection mission for the Palestinians, following riots on the Israeli-Gaza border in which Israeli troops killed dozens of protesters.

The army listed a series of attempted attacks at soldiers on the border fence, as well as "damaging security infrastructure and igniting fires in Israeli territory with the use of arson kites and balloons".

"Two launches were identified from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory".

Instead, Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told CNN that "quiet will most likely be met with quiet and terror will be met with a very strong response".

Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awwad denounced Najjar's killing as "a war crime" and a blatant violation of global rules, which protect paramedics and medical personnel at times of conflict.

After the failed votes, Arab diplomats said they were considering turning to the UN General Assembly to win adoption for the US-vetoed resolution.

Razan was shot through the chest as she tried to help one of about 100 protesters wounded during Friday's protests, according to the Gaza health ministry and a fellow medic who was working with her.

It calls for urgent steps "to ensure an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire" and asks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a written report within 60 days detailing recommendations about "an worldwide protection mechanism".

A barrage of rocket and mortars into Israel from Gaza on Tuesday was followed by Israeli strikes on 65 militant sites in the Gaza Strip in the worst flare-up since the 2014 war.

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"After Najjar died in the operating room on Friday, Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. Middle East envoy, tweeted that "#Israel needs to calibrate its use of force and Hamas need to prevent incidents at the fence.

"Razan is the first paramedic in the field in Palestine, a heroine of the field and a paramedic", Razan's mother Sabreen said.

On May 29, Palestinian radical group members fired more than a hundred missiles and projectiles on Israel, injuring three soldiers.

The army said that an IDF vehicle came under fire during the riots and that a Palestinian who breached the border fence in northern Gaza planted a grenade that exploded. She was the 119th Palestinian killed since the protests began in March.

Low-level demonstrations have continued since.

The weeks of protests, called the Great Return March, have largely been orchestrated by Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza.

Speaking at Najjar's funeral, Khaled Al-Batsh, one of the protest organizers, called on Gazans to "continue the return marches and break the (Israeli) siege with peaceful tools".

Most of those killed during the protests have been shot by Israeli snipers, half in a single day, May 14, the peak of the campaign.

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