The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution Wednesday condemning Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters and rejected a US attempt to put the blame on Hamas, Business Insider reports.
By a vote of 120-8 with 45 nations abstaining, the 193-member assembly approved the measure, sponsored by Algeria, Turkey, and Palestine. The US is joined by Australia, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Togo, Nauru, and the Solomon Islands in voting against the resolution.
The resolution slams Israel’s use of “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force” against the Gaza protesters.
The vote comes about a month after dozens of Palestinians died during protests along the Israel-Gaza border.
Ahead of the vote, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had asked members to vote on an amendment that would have criticized Hamas, which many nations consider as a terrorist group. Despite 62 nations voting in favor and only 58 voted against it, the amendment was rejected because it lacked the required two-thirds majority.
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