United Nations votes against Israel aggression, in ‘major defeat for US’

Message of support from Iran

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on Thursday, hailed a UN General Assembly vote, calling on Israeli forces to halt violence against Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Health Ministry condemned in a press statement Israel's decision to ban the shipment of Helium gas to the Gaza Strip, which is used for filling balloons carrying Molotov cocktails that cause large fires in Israeli agricultural field.

The Turkish and Algerian-sponsored resolution passed in the General Assembly in a 120-8 vote.

In an official notice at the end of its weekly meeting on June 12, 2018, the Palestinian government, led by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, accused Hamas of unlawfully seizing control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, imposing its rule upon the residents, exploiting existing resources for its private interests, and abusing the Palestinian people while taking advantage of their hard situation. Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Malki congratulated Palestinians during an interview with official Palestine TV, saying that it is a great achievement and a victory.

Backed by Arab countries, the Palestinians had lobbied to win as many votes on the Gaza resolution as those cast in support of the measure condemning the U.S. decision on Jerusalem.

"We therefore firmly reject the bad-faith attempt to insert an amendment that would radically unbalance the text and shift the Assembly's focus away from the core objective of protecting civilians and upholding global law", he said.

"Australia urges Palestinian protesters to refrain from violence and attempting to enter into Israeli territory during the March of Return".

His death brings the number of Palestinians, who were killed by Israeli army fire since March 30, to 126, including two journalists and thirteen children.

Israel's killing of at least 125 Palestinians during protests at the Gaza border is casting a shadow in the enclave on its celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

"The nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day". She elaborated that with "more countries voting on the right side than the wrong side", it showed that "those countries recognized that peace will only be achieved when realities are recognized, including Israel's legitimate security interests, and the need to end Hamas' terrorism".

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