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Security Council considering a draft resolution on deployment of an international mission to protect Palestinians

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe United Nations Security Council will begin discussions on Monday on a draft resolution drafted by Kuwait condemning Israel’s use of force against Palestinian civilians and calling for the deployment of an “international protection mission” in the occupied territories.

The draft resolution, seen by Reuters on Friday, asks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report within 30 days on the adoption of “ways and means to ensure the security, protection and safety of Palestinian civilians.”

Diplomats said the United States, Israel’s ally, was likely to use the veto to prevent the draft resolution if Kuwait were to vote. Any resolution requires nine votes in favor and none of the five permanent members is to veto it. The five countries are the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China.

The United States Mission has not yet responded to the request for comment. It was not clear when the draft resolution could be put to the vote.

The move comes a day after it is the bloodiest of Palestinians since the Gaza war in 2014. The Palestinian Health Ministry said dozens of Palestinians were killed on Monday by Israeli troops on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel while the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem.

Israel says it is acting to defend itself and to protect its borders and residents. Israel and the United States say Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, has instigated the violence, which the group denies.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, rejected the Security Council resolution as “disgraceful” aimed at “supporting Hamas’s war crimes against Israel and Gazans sent to die in order to preserve Hamas rule.”

US Ambassador Nicky Healy at a Security Council meeting on Tuesday accused Hamas of “inciting violence for years long before the United States decided to move our embassy.”

Diplomats say the United States on Monday banned the Security Council from issuing a statement by Kuwait that expressed “deep anger and regret at the killing of Palestinian civilians” and called for a transparent and independent investigation.