USA vetoes UN Security Council draft resolution on protection of Palestinians

The United States vetoed on Friday a Kuwait-drafted UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians, criticizing it as a "grossly one-sided" view that failed to blame Hamas for the recent violence.

"Because this resolution is wildly inaccurate in its characterization of recent events in Gaza, and because it would harm any efforts towards peace, the United States will oppose it and will veto it if necessary".

Blasting the council majority, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the two votes showed it was willing to blame Israel and unwilling to blame Hamas, the Islamist group that dominates Gaza.

The U.S.is one of five permanent members of the Security Council, allowing it to unilaterally veto any resolution.

Diplomats said negotiations were continuing on whether to put that measure to a vote.

It was unclear whether there would be a vote on the United States text, which could fail to garner enough support.

Kuwait presented its draft two weeks ago, initially calling for an global protection mission for the Palestinians as protests turned violent on the Israeli-Gaza border.

But Israeli media claim a Hamas leader admitted that 50 of the Palestinians killed on were members of the group.

It asks U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a written report within 60 days on ways to ensure "the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation", including recommendations about "an global protection mechanism".

The draft resolution requests a report from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on a possible "international protection mechanism". Tuesday's torrent of rockets and mortars prompted the U.S. to call for Wednesday's meeting, where UN Mideast envoy Nikolay Mladenov said the latest escalation in Gaza was a warning of "how close to the brink of war we are every day".

It was the worst flareup since the 2014 war in Gaza.

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Israel has fought three wars in Gaza against Hamas, which the United States considers a terrorist organisation.

The Kuwait-drafted measure deplores the use of "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force" by Israeli forces and the firing of rockets form the Gaza Strip into Israeli civilian areas.

The UN envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, this week warned the security council that Gaza was on the brink of war following a serious escalation between Israel and Palestinian fighters in the Hamas-ruled enclave.

Ten of the 15 council members voted in favor of the draft, and four abstained.

Under the Trump administration, the United States has become increasingly isolated on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the United Nations.

In December, Haley vetoed a draft resolution that rejected President Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem after all 14 other council members supported it.

More than 120 Palestinians have been killed at the border between Gaza and Israel since protests began in March.

A 21-year-old Palestinian health worker was killed on Friday, the Gaza health ministry said.

According to Qudra, Najjar was a volunteer with the ministry, wearing the white uniform of a medic when she was shot in the chest.

Contravening Palestinian media reports, the IDF said they were not injured from the "warning shots".

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