Washington showed its support for Israel on Saturday when it blocked a UN Security Council draft statement condemning the Jewish state for the “loss of innocent Palestinian lives” along the Gaza border. The proposal was submitted by Kuwait.

Near the Gaza border, Friday

Near the Gaza border, Friday Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

The United States blocked a UN Security Council draft statement calling for an investigation into the clashes along the Israeli-Gazan border that led to at least 17 deaths on the Palestinian side, the French AFP news agency reported on Saturday night. The draft statement reportedly expressed “sorrow at the loss of innocent Palestinian lives.”

Kuwait, the country that called for the Friday evening emergency UNSC meeting regarding the clashes while Jewish people were gathering to celebrate Passover, proposed the draft statement that called for an “independent and transparent investigation” into the violent clashes and expressed “grave concern at the situation at the border.”

The draft statement also sought to reaffirm the Palestinians’ “right to peaceful protest.” The AFP added that the council members first saw the draft statement on Friday. A day later, the American representatives raised several objections and prevented the adoption of the anti-Israel statement, a senior UN official told the French news agency.

Over 30,000 Palestinians gathered near the border on Friday as part of the “March of Return” event that Hamas organized. Throughout the day, several attempts to tamper with the security fence and harm the Israeli troops on the other side were made. The IDF responded to these attempts by eliminating the threats.

The Palestinians claim that at least 17 people were killed by IDF fire. According to an Israeli military investigation into the deaths, most of the people killed were known terrorists who had ties to Hamas.