Jun 02 2018

Turkey blasts U.S. for vetoing UN resolution on Palestinians

Turkish Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalin on Saturday spoke out against the U.S. veto of a UN Security Council resolution calling for the protection of Palestinians, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The U.S. veto follows the death of more than 50 Palestinians, including eight children, killed by the Israeli military in protests that erupted along the Gaza border as the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem last month. More than 2400 Palestinians were injured in the incident that caused international outrcry.

“It is not surprising that the U.S. administration vetoed the resolution for the protection of the Palestinian people,” the presidential spokesperson said on Twitter.

“This confirms once more that they side with the powerful, not the righteous.The Palestinian people and Jerusalem are not alone. We will continue to support their just cause.”

Following last month’s incident, Kuwait submitted a draft resolution at the UN Security Council, condemning Israeli violence and calling for "protection of the Palestinian people" in Gaza and the West Bank on May 18, the agency said.

While a total of 10 countries voted in favor of the resolution, the UK, Poland, the Netherlands and Ethiopia abstained.

The resolution, which was revised three times, called for “the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in the Gaza Strip”.

The U.S.'s UN ambassador Nikki Haley said the resolution that Kuwait submitted to the UN Security Council was unilateral and did not mention Hamas.

The Donald Trump administration sided with Israel in its response to last month’s deadly violence on the Gaza border with the White House accusing Gaza's Hamas leaders of "intentionally and cynically" provoking Israel with the intention of "gruesome propaganda."