The United States vetoed late Friday a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for ensuring "international protection" for Palestinian civilians while another resolution written by the USA condemning Hamas over the recent escalation of violence in Gaza was voted down.
A draft resolution requires nine votes to be adopted in the 15-member council and no veto from the five permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a UN Security Council emergency session on Israel-Gaza conflict at United Nations headquarter on May 30, 2018 in New York City.
The proposed resolution "is morally bankrupt and would only serve to undermine ongoing efforts toward peace between the Israelis and Palestinians", Haley said in a statement on Thursday.
No Israelis have been killed.
A second draft resolution proposed by the United States blaming Hamas for the violence while mentioning Israel's right to defend itself, was later voted on. Then diplomats said it would be delayed and now the council is scheduled to vote at 3:00 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Friday.
"The United States will not allow such bias, which is why we did not hesitate to cast our veto".
Haley blasted the Kuwaiti-drafted resolution on Friday, calling it "grossly one-sided" and arguing that it failed to place blame on Hamas for inciting the deadly protests.
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US Ambassador Nikki Haley casts her veto at the UN Security Council on June 1.
A 21-year-old Palestinian woman volunteering as a rescue paramedic died after being shot in the chest as by Israel fire as she provided first aid to those wounded in Friday's Gaza border protests, numbering in the dozens, local media reported. Haley accused Hamas of inciting violent acts at the border between Gaza and Israel, purposefully infiltrating the "Great March of Return" mass protests with its "terrorist fighters" and deliberately using civilians as human shields.
The draft resolution calls for urgent steps "to ensure an immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire".
It asks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a written report within 60 days on ways to ensure "the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation", including recommendations about "an worldwide protection mechanism".
The draft also urges immediate, unimpeded humanitarian access and "tangible steps" toward reconciliation between different Palestinian factions.
It was the worst flareup since the 2014 war in Gaza.
At Kuwait's request, the council has held multiple emergency meetings on the border clashes.
An exchange of fire on Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday began with a barrage of rocket and mortars into Israel from Gaza, prompting Israel to respond with strikes on 65 sites in the Gaza Strip.