OffbeatUS fails to win UN condemnation of Hamas militants in Gaza

00:55  07 december  2018
00:55  07 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The United States on Friday voted against a United Nations Security Council resolution to protect Palestinians and condemn Israel, which Ambassador Nikki R. Haley The Israelis have also accused Hamas and its militant affiliates in Gaza of using the protests as cover for sending attackers into Israel.

Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni-Islamist fundamentalist organization. It has a social service wing, Dawah, and a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

US fails to win UN condemnation of Hamas militants in Gaza © The Associated Press Palestinian women hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

UNITED NATIONS — A U.S.-sponsored draft resolution that for the first time would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the U.N. General Assembly.

Before Thursday's vote, the 193-member world body had narrowly voted to require a two-thirds majority which Arab nations pressed for rather than a simple majority which the United States urged.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the assembly before the vote that it could make history and unconditionally speak out against Hamas which she called "one of the most obvious and grotesque cases of terrorism in the world."

But the vote on the resolution to condemn Hamas was 87-57 with 33 abstentions, a plurality below the two-thirds requirement.

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