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US vetoes UN resolution offering 'protection' for Palestinians | TheHill

Thousands of Palestinians have attended the funeral in Gaza of a volunteer medic who was killed by Israeli fire during protests along the border on Friday.

"The United States will unquestionably veto Kuwait's draft resolution", Haley said in a statement.

The military escalation is seen as shattering a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, following last week's series of rocket attacks by Hamas against Israel, and Israeli reprisal attacks on terror targets in Gaza.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Multiple red alert sirens wailed in Israeli communities adjacent to the volatile Gaza border, sending residents scurrying for shelter throughout the night beginning shortly after midnight.

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. Three were intercepted, the army said, with the fourth apparently hitting an open field.

Scores of friends and family gathered to honour the slain paramedic Razan al-Najjar in Khan Younes on Saturday.

Since March 30, Gazans have protested at the Israeli border, demanding the return of land taken during the 1948 war. The Israeli military controls most the territory of the West Bank, where Israeli settlements have expanded over the years.

Speaking at Najjar's funeral, Khaled al-Batsh, one of the protest organisers, called on Gazans to "continue the return marches and break the (Israeli) siege with peaceful tools".

Following the funeral, several Gazans were wounded in clashes east of Khan Yunis, health ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said. "An additional soldier who was positioned on top of the roof of a nearby building identified the threat to the civilians who stood nearby and, in response, fired at the terrorist".

At least four were fired from Gaza at Israel with three being intercepted and one fell short.

The rocket attacks drew retaliatory strikes by Israeli fighter jets on a number of Hamas positions in Gaza, all only a few days after the area's most intense fighting since the 2014 war.

Palestinians and their supporters said most of the protesters were unarmed civilians and Israel was using excessive force against them.

Witnesses said Razan was killed while trying to evacuate a wounded protester lying on the Israeli side of the fence after cutting a hole to get through.

Kuwait presented its draft two weeks ago, initially calling for an worldwide protection mission for the Palestinians as protests turned violent on the Israeli-Gaza border.

Medics say 119 have been killed and thousands injured.

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