June 14, 2018 -- Algerian Ambassador to the United Nations Sabri Boukadoum introduces the Arab-backed draft resolution that urges protection of Palestinian civilians during a UN General Assembly emergency session at the UN headquarters in New York, on June 13, 2018. The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution that urges protection of Palestinian civilians. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
UNITED NATIONS, June 14, 2018 -- UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution that urges protection of Palestinian civilians, after rejecting a U.S. demand to add a condemnation of attacks on Israel by Hamas.
The Arab-backed resolution passed by a vote of 120-8 with 45 abstentions.
It reiterates the need to take steps "to ensure the safety and well-being of civilians and ensure their protection, as well as to ensure accountability for all violations." in the context of recent escalation of conflict between the Palestinians and Israel.
Also, the text deplores "the use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force by the Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians."
Initially sponsored by Algeria, Turkey and the Palestinians, the resolution got sponsorship from more countries announced shortly before its vote.