US blocks UN Security Council statement on Hamas-sponsored riots along Gaza border
The United States on Saturday blocked a draft UN Security Council statement urging restraint and calling for an investigation of Hamas-led riots on the Gaza-Israel border that left 16 Muslim terrorists eliminated.
Kuwait, which represents Arab countries on the council, presented the proposed statement, which called for an “independent and transparent investigation” of the violence.
The draft council statement also expressed “grave concern at the situation at the border.”
And it reaffirmed “the right to peaceful protest” and expressed the council’s “sorrow at the loss of innocent Palestinian lives.”
The draft statement was circulated to the council on Friday, but on Saturday the United States raised objections and said it did not support its adoption.
The violence broke out on Friday after 45,000 Muslim terrorists rioted near the fence, threw rocks and firebombs, burned tires and attempted to infiltrate into Israel in order to murder Jews.
Over 1,400 people were also wounded, 758 main instigators were wounded by live fire, with the remainder hurt by rubber bullets and tear gas inhalation, the Gazan health ministry said.
Hamas claimed 5 terrorists eliminated were members of its Al-Qassam Brigades, whose sole mission is to murder Israelis.
A spokesman for PA chairman Abbas’ Fatah says 14 of the Muslim terrorists eliminated yesterday while trying to attack Israeli territory, were Fatah members, trying to outscore. By that he admits that none were peaceful protesters.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman mocked those calling for an investigation, suggesting they may have gotten confused and though Hamas organized a music festival, and not a hostile march on Israel’s border cynically exploited by the terror organization to besmirch Israel’s name and sabotage border infrastructure.
“IDF soldiers repulsed Hamas military wing terrorists with determination and professionalism, just as we expected of them,” Liberman praised, adding he gives them his full backing, for they are the reason Israelis could “safely celebrate Passover Seder.”