U.S. vetoes United Nations resolution denouncing violence against Palestinians

A second draft resolution proposed by the United States blaming Hamas for the violence while mentioning Israel's right to defend itself, was later voted on.

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 worldwide protection mechanism".

Later, a second, USA -drafted resolution that blamed Hamas for the violence and upheld Israel's right to defend itself failed to attract any other country's support when it was put to vote in the 15-member council.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks with Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon before a Security Council vote on an Arab-backed resolution for protection of Palestinian civilians during a Security Council meeting at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., June 1, 2018.

The US has now authored a resolution which blames Hamas and demands the group ceases "all violent activity and provocative actions".

The council is scheduled to vote at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT).

They peaked on May 14 when at least 61 Palestinians were killed in clashes as tens of thousands of Gazans protested the U.S. transfer of its embassy in Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem the same day.

Ahead of the vote, a young Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border fence, bringing the death toll of Gazans killed by Israeli fire since the end of March to 123.

A few countries abstained from voting on either proposal.

The UN Security Council failed on Friday to adopt a Kuwaiti-drafted resolution on protection of Palestinians.

It was the worst flare-up since the 2014 war in Gaza.

But the U.S. has sided with Israel and says Hamas, the terrorist group which governs Gaza, provoked the bloodshed by encouraging civilians to breach the border.

Diplomats said before the vote that the Palestinians may turn to the UN General Assembly to win support for the measure if the vote failed at the security council as expected.

The council has been deadlocked over how to respond to the recent violence, even as United Nations envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned this week that Gaza was "close to the brink of war".

The Security Council has been deeply divided and paralyzed over dealing with the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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.

In December, Haley vetoed a draft resolution that rejected President Donald Trump's decision to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem after all 14 other council members supported it. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic group seized control of Gaza in 2007.

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