UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council may vote on Friday for a resolution supported by the Arabs, calling on the UN chief to propose "international protection" measures for Palestinian civilians […]
A vote on the measures – taken after weeks of urgent discussion but no agreement to escalate violence in Gaza – was scheduled for Thursday night, but diplomats said it was postponed to Friday or possibly later
The Kuwait-sponsored Draft resolution "regrets" and calls for an end to the "excessive, disproportionate and arbitrary violence" by the Israeli military, while "also condemning the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip to Israeli civilians."
The resolution strongly advised that it was against the measure would appeal. Israel's then UN Ambassador Danny Danon criticized him sharply for not mentioning the militant Islamic group Hamas.
The Security Council was deeply divided and paralyzed by the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After a series of crisis meetings on Gaza – at the latest on Wednesday – the most powerful body of the UN could not even join a press statement.
The draft resolution expresses "grave concern" about the escalation of violence and tensions and the worsening situation in the Palestinian territories, especially since the beginning of a series of mass protests at the Gaza border on 30 March.
Over 110 Palestinians were killed by Israeli military fire and thousands were injured. Israel said its troops defended its border and accused the Hamas fighters of trying under the guise of protesting.
Palestinian militants bombed southern Israel on Tuesday with rockets and mortars, and Israel responded by hitting targets throughout Gaza. It was the largest outbreak of violence between sides since a 2014 war. Hamas said Wednesday it had agreed to a ceasefire with Israel.
The draft resolution calls for urgent steps "to ensure an immediate, permanent and fully respected ceasefire". He calls on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to write a written report within 60 days to ensure "the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation", including recommendations on "an international protective mechanism"
Draft also urges immediate, unhindered access to humanitarian aid and "tangible steps" towards reconciliation between different Palestinian factions.
In Kuwait's request, the Council held several emergency meetings on border conflicts. The flood of rockets and mortars on Tuesday led the US to a meeting on Wednesday, where UN-Middle East envoy Nikolai Mladenov said the latest escalation in Gaza warned "how close to the edge of the war we are every day."
US and Kuwaiti ambassadors said their nations had proposed press statements on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, which had been blocked in recent weeks.
Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies and have fought three wars since the Islamic group took control of Gaza in 2007.
Peltz reported from New York.
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