Nikki Haley claims Israel has acted with 'restraint' in Gaza

  • US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has defended Israel's use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza and walked out of a UN Security Council session as Palestine's envoy began to speak.
  • Israeli troops have killed at least 60 Palestinians, including children, demonstrating near what Israel regards as its border with Gaza. Thousands more have been injured.
  • The Trump administration has placed responsibility for the violence on Hamas.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has defended Israel's use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza and walked out of a UN Security Council session as Palestine's envoy, Riyad Mansour, began to speak.

"Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?" Haley said, referring to some protestors attempting to storm what Israel claims to be its border. "No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has."

Israeli troops have killed at least 60 Palestinians, including children, demonstrating in Gaza. Thousands more have been injured as snipers opened fire with live rounds.

Israeli soldiers have used tear gas and bullets to push back waves of demonstrators and have been widely accused of using disproportionate force.

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, decried Israel's actions.

"We condemn the appalling, deadly violence in Gaza yesterday," Colville said, adding that attempts to cross or damage a border fence "are not sufficient grounds for the use of live ammunition."

The Trump administration, however, has placed responsibility for the violence on Hamas and continues to support what it claims is Israel's right to defend itself.

In the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May warned Israel that the violence was 'destructive to peace'.

The US continues to use its veto in the UN Security Council to block any criticism of Israel.

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