UN condemns Israeli use of force
NEW YORK: The UN General Assembly condemned Israel yesterday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked UN chief Antonio Guterres to recommend an ‘‘international protection mechanism’’ for occupied Palestinian territory.
There were 120 votes in favour, eight against and 45 abstentions. It was put forward by Algeria, Turkey and the Palestinians after the United States vetoed a similar resolution in the UN Security Council earlier this month.
The General Assembly text condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas, but did not mention Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza. The United States failed in a bid to amend the resolution with a paragraph that would have condemned violence by Hamas.
Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, the Solomon Islands and Togo joined Israel and the United States in opposing the resolution. — Reuters