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- The United Nations voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution condemning Israel for using "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate" force in response to intensified confrontations with along Gaza border.
- Before the vote, a proposal by the United States to denounce Hamas for its role in provoking violence between Israelis and Palestinians was overthrown.
- The clashes along Israel's border with Gaza have reached a boiling point in recent months following the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
- The Gaza Ministry of Health said that 123 Palestinians were killed and nearly 14,000 were wounded by Israel forces since the protests began in March
The United Nations voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution on Wednesday condemning Israel for using " excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force" in Gaza after several fatal clashes along the Israeli border in recent weeks.
The offer, presented by Algeria, Turkey and Palestine, was approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations with a vote of 120 to 8, and had 45 abstentions. The United States, Israel, Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Togo and the Solomon Islands voted against the measure.
The resolution stated that it "deplores the use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force on the part of Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians." in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip, "citing Israel's use of live ammunition against protesters and the death of a journalist and medical personnel.
The resolution condemned the" firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas ", which have increased following the clashes, and requested the UN Secretary-General to submit a written response on the security of the Palestinian civilian population.
Although the resolutions of the General Assembly are not legally binding, they have political implications that can provoke international action.
Before the vote, the US tried to add an amendment to the bill that denounces the Palestinian political and militant group Hamas is part of stoking violence between Israelis and Palestinians, 62 countries voted in favor of the amendment and only 58 voted against, but the amendment was rejected because it did not reach a two-thirds majority.
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The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, argued that the original resolution was biased against Israel, and blamed Israel directly for the violence.
"The nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day, it is totally unilateral, it does not make a single mention of Hamas terrorists who routinely initiate violence in Gaza," Haley told the General Assembly before of the vote.
"Hamas has been the de facto government in Gaza since 2007," Haley said. "At what point will the UN really hold the people in charge of Gaza accountable and throw it to the ground?"
The clashes along Israel's border with Gaza have intensified significantly in recent months, following US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as enraged Palestinians, who share claims to the city.
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered for what was called the "Great Return March" that began on March 30 and continued through May. The protests intensified in the weeks following the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem, which culminated in a massive protest on May 14 that left 60 dead and more than 2700 injured.
Groups within the Gaza Strip also launched a barrage of rockets into Israel before reaching an uncomfortable ceasefire.
The Gaza Ministry of Health said that 123 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 14,000 have been injured by Israeli forces since the protests began in March.
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