UN Security Council divided over Gaza incidents

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Kuwait called for "international protection" of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip during the extraordinary meeting of the United Nations Security Council, after the bloodshed that took place on Monday in the region. At the same time, the United States has praised Israel's "restraint."

It is recalled that on Monday there were incidents on the Gaza border with Israel, when Israeli soldiers opened fire on Palestinian protesters, resulting in the death of 60 people, including an eight-month-old baby. More than 2,400 people were injured. The "background" of the protest and consequently of the incidents was the opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem, an area which is also claimed by the Palestinians, who claim that with the creation of a state, East Jerusalem will be the capital.

The meeting began with a minute of silence in memory of the victims and ended with photos of "groups". First, representatives of 15 UN Arab countries calling for an "independent and transparent inquiry" into the events in Gaza and then the 8 European countries (Sweden, France, Britain, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy) who read a A statement calling on Israel to show restraint and "respect the right to protest."

The special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Russian Nikolai Mladenov, speaking to the Council via video call from Jerusalem, stressed that "the violence must stop."

"All episodes must be the subject of a full investigation."

US Special Representative to the United Nations Nicki Haley praised Israel for its "restraint".

"No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel"

France's representative to the UN, François Delatre, called the reaction "disproportionate".

Hailey, while believing that Hamas incited violence, also said that there was no connection between the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and the demonstrations in the Palestinian territories. "It does not advance the forthcoming negotiations," he assured, while the peace process remains at a standstill.

"It's time to start the process again," said Sweden, a view expressed by other countries, such as Peru and Bolivia. China called for "an independent and transparent inquiry" into Monday's events.

Palestinian ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour called for "an end to this massacre" of the Palestinian people and, speaking of the "paralysis" of the Security Council, called on his Palestinian counterparts "not to give up hope".

"For a month now, Israel has been facing unrest, not demonstrations or protests, and the goal is for the Palestinians to cross the border to 'kill the Israelis,'" said Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon. The Israeli diplomat, who was speaking while Nicki Haley had already left the room, accused Hamas of inciting violence.

 

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