U.S. prevents UNSC from holding Israel accountable for "crimes": Palestinian envoy

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-03 23:45:42|Editor: yan
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RAMALLAH, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian diplomat accused the United States on Saturday of preventing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) from holding Israel accountable and prosecuting it for the crimes it committed against the Palestinians.

Reyad Mansour, the permanent ambassador of the state of Palestine in the UN, told official radio station Voice of Palestine that "holding Israel accountable is absent because the U.S. vetoes any resolution that holds Israel guilty."

The UN Security Council held on Friday night a session that devoted its debates to discuss the issue of children in armed conflicts, where the council's members referred to the UN secretary general's report on children.

According to WAFA news agency, the UN report has clearly shown Israeli violations against Palestinian children in 2018, recording the highest percentage of killing, where 59 children were killed and more than 2,000 injured.

The children were either killed or wounded in their participation in the weekly anti-Israel popular protests and rallies better known as the Great March of Return and Breaking the Israeli blockade, which started in late March last year.

According to the UN report, 203 children are imprisoned in Israeli jails, most of them are without a trail under administrative detention.

Mansour expressed anger that the report of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had excluded Israel and didn't put it in the blacklist that includes countries that mistreat children.

"Israel is using the American protection to carry on with its violations, doesn't respect the international law and keeps committing crimes against the Palestinian people in all fields," Mansour said.