CONDEMNATIONIsrael has drawn international condemnation for its use of deadly force during the mass demonstrations. It says many of those killed were Hamas members and militants trying to launch attacks under cover of the protests.The Palestinians say most of the dead and the thousands wounded were unarmed civilians against whom Israel was using excessive force.In a statement published by the Palestinian official news Agency Wafa on Friday, Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awwad condemned al-Najar's killing and said it violated international law. The Israeli military said in its statement: "The IDF constantly works to draw operational lessons and reduce the number of casualties in the area of the Gaza Strip security fence. Unfortunately, the Hamas terror organization deliberately and methodically places civilians in danger."On Friday the United States, Israel's ally, vetoed a Kuwaiti-drafted UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians.Later, a second, US-drafted resolution that blamed Hamas for the violence and upheld Israel's right to defend itself failed to attract any other country's support when it was put to vote in the 15-member council.
Medical workers are #NotATarget! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of #Razan_AlNajjar! #Palestinians in #Gaza have had enough suffering. #Israel needs to calibrate its use of force and Hamas need to prevent incidents at the fence. Escalation only costs more lives.— Nickolay E. MLADENOV (@nmladenov) June 2, 2018