The United States has voted against a Kuwait-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution calling for the protection of Palestinian civilians while being the only country to back its own measure condemning Hamas for the recent violence in the Gaza Strip.
More than 120 Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded by Israeli forces during weeks-long peaceful protests in the besieged Gaza Strip near the fence with Israel. Among the victims have been medical professionals and journalists. Ten countries, including Russia and France, voted in favour of the Kuwait-sponsored resolution on Friday. Britain Poland, the Netherlands and Ethiopia – abstained, while the US, a major ally of Israel, was the only country to vote against it.
The resolution, which was revised three times and said to have been “watered down”, previously called for international protection for Palestinian people. The final 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”, Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said ahead of the vote.