"We need protection of our civilian population", Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour told the General Assembly before the vote, adding that the resolution was "intended to contribute to a de-escalation of the volatile situation".
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley listens during a Security Council meeting concerning the situation in the Middle East involving Israel and Palestine, at United Nations headquarters, December 18, 2017 in New York City. Human Rights Watch also suggested that "third countries" place sanctions "against officials responsible for ongoing serious human rights violations" in Gaza. "It is a call to the secretary-general to come up with his recommendations on how to protect civilians from further attack". Israeli troops have killed more than 100 Palestinians - Hamas has acknowledged that many of them are members - in two months of protests. "It blames everything on Israel", Haley said. "As part of Hamas's propaganda operation, hundreds of Gazans were injured last week and several dozen died, most of whom were Hamas operatives", the IDF spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis said back in May.
Clashes along Israel's border with Gaza have escalated significantly in recent months, following USA recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital which infuriated Palestinians, who share claims to the city.
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"We need action. We need protection for our civilian population".
Amid worldwide condemnation of its use of lethal force, Israel said numerous dead were militants and that the Israeli army was repelling attacks on the border fence between Israel and Gaza.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who introduced the amendment to blame Hamas, criticized the UNGA for focusing on violence in Israel instead of in Nicaragua, Yemen or Myanmar.
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She said the USA will seek an amendment condemning Hamas for firing rockets into Israel.
Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo joined Israel and the United States in voting against the resolution.
The resolution, adopted at an emergency special session yesterday, also deplores any use of "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate" force by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians, particularly in the Gaza Strip.
While resolutions in the General Assembly are not legally binding, they carry political implication that can spark worldwide action.
Haley had argued that the amendment proposed by the U.S.
His motion to take "no action" on the amendment was defeated by a vote of 59-78 with 26 abstentions, allowing the US amendment to be put to a vote.
In December 128 countries defied President Donald Trump and voted in favor of a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Haley had warned at the time that Washington was "taking names" of countries that supported the resolution.