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USA blocks statement to investigate massacre in Gaza

The Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss escalation of violence

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USA blocks statement to investigate massacre in Gaza

The United States opted to block a draft declaration of United Nations Security Council calling for an independent and transparent investigation of bloodbath in Gaza during protests of inauguration of its embassy in Jerusalem. The new day of violence left 59 dead and more than 2,000 wounded by gunfire from Israeli army.

The Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday at request of Kuwait to discuss escalation of violence in Gaza. The Secretary General of United Nations, António Guterres, declared this Monday "deeply alarming" by situation and expressly asked Israel to "calibrate" use of force against demonstrators.

Guterres believes that at this time priority is to end cessation of hostilities in Gaza Strip and refore called on two sides in conflict to "containment", to prevent provocations and violent acts. The head of UN is in favour of investigating all deaths in a transparent and independent manner in order to be able to clean up responsibilities.

The debate in Security Council will be open. Kuwait, which occupies on behalf of Arab countries a seat in body that is for peace and world security, circulated on eve of a draft declaration in which it condemned massacre of civilians and requested an investigation that allows to purify Responsibilities.

Palestinian ambassador Riyadh Mansur called on Security Council members to respond to ir "responsibility" to protect civilian population and described attack by Israeli forces against Palestinians as "war crimes". "It's not just anger that we feel," he reiterated in a meeting with press, "y are savages." He described attitude of United States as "shameful".

Israel also calls on Security Council to rule, but in its case Ambassador Danny Harms he believes that he should do so to condemn that Hamas is provoking thousands of Palestinians to comment on acts of violence against Israeli civilians by "inciting Cross border "of Gaza. The United States, its main ally in UN, also holds Hamas accountable for escalation of tension.

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Guterres insists that current situation reveals " urgent need" to reach a political solution to conflict. The UN Secretary-General repeats that only "viable" alternative is solution of two states, "with Palestine and Israel living as neighbors in peace and Jerusalem as capital." The fear is that this escalation will degenerate into a religious conflict that destabilizes entire region.

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