Kuwait proposes 'international protection' for Palestinians

Draft resolution circulated at the UNSC calls for safety guarantees for the Palestinian civilian population.

    Palestinian woman reacts after Israeli soldiers shot and killed dozens of Palestinians earlier this month [Dusan Vranic/AP]
    Palestinian woman reacts after Israeli soldiers shot and killed dozens of Palestinians earlier this month [Dusan Vranic/AP]

    Kuwait has circulated a draft UN Security Council resolution on setting up an international protection mission for Palestinians.

    The proposal, submitted on Tuesday, aims to win support in a vote expected this week, diplomats said.

    According to the draft obtained by AFP news agency, the new text "calls for the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population" in the occupied Palestinian territories and Gaza Strip.

    Kuwait first put forward the idea 10 days ago after condemning Israeli forces' killing of dozens of Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border.

    The Security Council may hold a vote, possibly on Thursday, on the resolution, which is expected to face a US veto, diplomats added.

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    Highlighting Washington's isolation on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, Kuwait - a non-permanent Security Council member representing Arab countries - hopes to win a high number of votes in favour of its proposal.

    The revised draft outlines demands for an international protection mission and asks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to present recommendations.

    France and Britain have criticised the draft resolution for lacking specific details, diplomats said, adding that the US viewed it as biased against Israel.

    Danny Danon, Israel’s permanent representative to the UN, blasted the proposed resolution, calling it "shameful" and crafted to help Hamas, the group governing Gaza.

    Diplomats have said the Palestinians might turn to the UN General Assembly if the draft resolution on protection fails to win Security Council backing.

    The council is to meet on Wednesday at the request of the United States to discuss Palestinian rocket and mortar shells fired into Israel from Gaza.

    SOURCE: News agencies


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