The UN will consider a resolution on the protection of the Palestinians

The UN will consider a resolution on the protection of the Palestinians

The UN will consider a resolution on the protection of the Palestinians

At the same time, Israel has faced fierce criticism over its use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters on the Gaza Strip border with the Jewish state.

Israel said it was defending the frontier against crowds that threw stones and burned tyres in an attempt to cross. Israel said militants had attacked its forces with guns and grenades.

It comes as an Israeli minister warned that kite flyers in Gaza could be shot dead near the border.

Hundreds of Israeli troops were deployed and fired tear gas and live bullets.

Israel's use of potentially lethal force against the protesters has drawn global criticism.

Besides, seven of the wounded were in serious condition, the Health Ministry said, in the latest in a series of mass protests to call attention to a decade-old blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt. Rights groups have said Israel's open-fire rules are unlawful. Israel claimed Hamas had intentionally provoked the violence, a charge Hamas denied.

Mansour and supporters including representatives of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation met with General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak Friday afternoon to officially request a meeting to vote on a resolution.

The resolution will condemn Israel, and will be similar to one vetoed by the United States in the Security Council last week, which called for protecting Palestinians from Israeli aggression, according to diplomats.

"What happened today adds to our argument and to the urgency of providing global protection" for Palestinian civilians, he said.


As seen in these pictures by Reuters photographer Ibraheem Abu Mustafa, the 23-year-old staggered back with the gas-spewing canister embedded in his cheek, his shirt bloodied, before collapsing. Israeli troops fired heavy tear gas volleys, including from drones, sending protesters running for cover. His family said he was taking part in a protest in Rafah, in southern Gaza, when he was shot.

Hamas seized Gaza from Western-backed Palestinian authorities in 2007 and has fought three wars with Israel there.

The protests began on Land Day, on March 30th, and have continued each Friday through Nakba Day on May 15th, the 70th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The status of Jerusalem, always a key sticking point in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, surged back to centre-stage when Trump tore up decades of United States policy to recognise it as Israel's capital in December.

Around 2 million people live in Gaza, a lot of them the stateless descendants of refugees from what is now Israel.

More than 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled in the 1948 Mideast war over Israel's creation.

Roughly ten thousand Palestinians participated in violent riots along the Gaza security border on Friday and used dozens of terror kites and other explosives to hurt IDF soldiers and damage the border-fence, the spokesperson stated.

Israel was eagerly awaiting the sold-out worldwide friendly scheduled for Saturday night at Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium and the arrival of some of the world's best players.

Rajoub's gambit was another facet of the Palestinian Authority's escalating efforts to isolate and delegitimize Israel in bodies like the UN Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court-politicizing organizations that could theoretically serve a noble objective if they weren't so consumed with anti-Israel animus. Statehood talks have been frozen since 2014.

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