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    Ankara Condemns US for Vetoing UN Resolution on Violence in Gaza

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    ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin condemned on Saturday Washington's decision to veto the UN Security Council Resolution regarding the protection of the Palestinians amid increasing violence in the Gaza Strip.

    "There is no surprise that the US administration vetoed the resolution dedicated to the protection of the Palestinians. This step proves again that they side with force, not with the truth," Kalin said on Twitter.

    On Friday, the United States was the only nation to vote against a Kuwaiti-authored draft resolution condemning Israel for the violence in Gaza, vetoing it as a permanent UN Security Council member. Ten nations voted for that resolution, with four abstaining.

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    The situation on the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip has significantly deteriorated over the past several months. Palestinian rallies, which started as the Great March of Return on March 30 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian exodus after the creation of the Israeli state, escalated after the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem.

    The Israeli side used lethal arms to suppress the rallies citing security concerns and putting the blame for the escalation on Hamas radical movement. Since the start of the protests, dozens of Palestinians were killed and thousands injured.

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