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US Vetoes UN Resolution on Protecting Palestinians

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US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley vetoed the Kuwait-drafted UN resolution calling for the protection of Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

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Out of the 15 UN Security Council members, Russia, France and China along with seven others voted in favor of the resolution on Friday, while four including Britain abstained.

The draft called for "the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in the Gaza Strip."

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour said the veto risked "undermining the council's credibility and authority," and proved that the US had "extreme mal-intent."

Kuwait's Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi said the US veto "will increase the sentiment of despair among the Palestinians."

Haley called the resolution a "grossly one-sided" view of the conflict between Palestine and the Zionist entity.

She also described Hamas as a major impediment to ‘peace', proposing an alternative draft resolution which only gained Washington's positive vote.

During a second vote, when the US put forward its own rival measure, eleven countries abstained, while Russia and two others opposed it.

At least 120 Palestinians were martyred by "Israeli" forces since the "Great March of Return" began in the Gaza Strip on March 30. Fourteen children are among the martyrs.

About 13,300 Palestinians also sustained injuries, of whom 300 are in a critical condition.

The occupied territories have witnessed new tensions ever since US President Donald Trump announced earlier in December Washington's recognition of al-Quds as the Zionist entity's "capital" and said the US would move its embassy to the city.

The dramatic decision triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories and elsewhere in the world.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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