The Trump administration on Tuesday blocked the adoption of a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for the investigation of Israel over the deadly violence that broke out on the Gaza border Monday that left over 50 dead and thousands injured.
The statement expressed “outrage and sorrow” over the violence spurred by the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and called for an “independent and transparent investigation” into the deaths, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
The statement, which was drafted by Kuwait, urged all nations to adhere to the Security Council resolution calling for countries to not establish diplomatic missions in Jerusalem, which is highly contested by the Israelis and Palestinians.
More than 50 people, including eight children, were killed by the Israeli military in Palestinian protests that erupted Monday along the Gaza border as the U.S. opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, Palestinian authorities said. The deaths and injuries to over 2,400 people came mostly from gunfire by Israeli forces as waves of Palestinians attempted to cross the border into Israel.
The White House has laid blame on Hamas for the violence.
“The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas. Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response,” White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters on Monday.
“We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that Hamas is the one that, frankly, bears responsibility for the entire situation right now,” he continued.
The Palestinian ambassador to the U.N. accused Israeli forces of using “massive firepower” against civilians.
“We condemn in the strongest term the atrocity by the Israeli occupying forces using this massive firepower against civilians who have the right to demonstrate peacefully, and they have been demonstrating peacefully,” Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters outside the U.N. Security Council chambers in New York.
“We condemn this action in the strongest possible terms,” Mansour said. “We demand that this action be stopped immediately, and we want those responsible to be brought to justice from the Israeli side because this is not allowed under the provisions of international law.”
German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert on Tuesday said the violence “concerns us greatly and it’s terrible that so many people lost their lives, including minors.”
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel called Israel’s actions “unacceptable violence” and said “there is a clear lack of proportionality and we are asking for an international investigation.”
South Africa recalled it’s ambassador to Israel in the wake of the deadly violence.