IDF bombs 15 Hamas targets in response to rocket fire from Gaza

Palestinian protesters flee from incoming tear gas canisters during clashes following a demonstration along the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis Gaza

"To our people [in Gaza] from the territories occupied by Israel in 1948: let's act together to defend our legitimate rights", Palestinian activist Amani Mushtahi declared in a video message broadcast from Haifa. The vote came after the USA vetoed a Kuwaiti proposal to ask the secretary-general to propose ways to ensure "international protection" for Palestinian civilians.

The Israeli military said Palestinian militants had attacked its troops along the border with gunfire and a grenade. One Hamas mortar hit an Israeli kindergarten.

"The US-sponsored resolution on Palestine, which only received its own support, was vigorously rejected".

The Kuwaiti ambassador to the United Nations on Friday vowed to go to the General Assembly for the protection of Palestinians after a draft resolution of his delegation for that objective was vetoed by the United States.

Israel's UN Ambassador, Danny Danon, condemned the Kuwaiti draft "as a hypocritical resolution that sought to condemn Israel while failing to even mention the terrorists of Hamas as the root cause of violence and unrest in our region".

Gaza's National Authority for Breaking the Siege, which is organizing the rallies, dubbed Friday's demonstration "From Gaza to Haifa: Unity of Blood and Shared Destiny".

Ten of the council's 15 members voted for the Arab-backed resolution, drafted by Kuwait; four abstained. "It is very hard to see how Razan posed such a threat to heavily-armed, well-protected Israeli forces in defensive positions on the other side of the fence".

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Hebron is the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank, where some 200,000 Palestinians live along with 800 Jewish settlers protected by Israeli security forces.

The private discussion came before an expected meeting and vote Friday afternoon.

A final, watered-down version however urges "the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection" of Palestinian civilians and requests a report from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on a possible "international protection mechanism". ( Yousef Basam/ TRTWorld ) First aid responders are also at risk and have been targeted and killed by Israeli forces during the march.

Palestinian Islamist groups in Gaza, including the strip's rulers Hamas, said a ceasefire deal was reached after the flare-up, although there was no confirmation from Israel.

A council diplomat tells The Associated Press the USA instead has proposed extensive amendments that would condemn Hamas.

Otaibi said he was disappointed by the US veto of his delegation's draft resolution.

Hamas has also been orchestrating weekly violent protests along the Israel-Gaza frontier.

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