Israel rejects UN report on protecting Palestinians

Relatives of Karim Abu Fatayer, a 30-year-old member of the Islamist movement Hamas' military wing Al-Qassam Brigades who was shot the day before while demonstrating near the border with Israel, mourn during his funeral in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on August 18, 2018. Israel troops shot dead two Palestinians taking part in protests along the Gaza border on August 17, the Palestinian health ministry in the enclave said, with at least another 270 demonstrators wounded, 70 of them by gunfire. The Israeli military did not know of any deaths but said that troops had opened fire in border incidents. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS
Israel has rejected a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outlining options for strengthening the protection of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories. Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement late on Friday that “the only protection the Palestinian people need is from their own leadership”. The 14-page report laid out four options, from increasing aid to the Palestinians, sending UN rights monitors and unarmed observers to deploying a military or police force under UN mandate. The report was requested by the General Assembly in response to a surge of violence in Gaza, where 171 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since late March.
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