UN con­demns Is­raeli use of force

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

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

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