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UN Security Council to discuss Gaza Tuesday after a deadly day

New York, (UNA-OIC) - The United Nations Security Council plans to meet Tuesday to discuss violence along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, following the deadliest day there since a 2014 war.

Kuwait called for the session after more than 50 Palestinians were killed and over 1,800 wounded by Israeli gunfire amid mass protests Monday. Israel said its troops were defending its border and accused Hamas of trying to attack under the cover of the protest.

It was not immediately clear what might come out of the council session. No joint statement or action followed a similar meeting after protests in March, and two UN diplomats said members couldn't reach a unanimous agreement Monday on issuing a proposed statement circulated by Kuwait. The diplomats insisted on speaking anonymously because the discussions are private.

The draft statement, obtained by The Associated Press, would have expressed outrage and sorrow at the killings, sought an independent and transparent investigation, and called on all sides to exercise restraint.

It also would have demanded that all countries comply with a decades-old Security Council resolution that called on them not to have embassies in contested Jerusalem. The US inaugurated its embassy there Monday.

The US vetoed a Security Council resolution in December that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Earlier Monday, the Palestinian UN envoy urged the United Nations' most powerful body to condemn the killings. Israel, meanwhile, called on the council to condemn Hamas, the group that rules the coastal strip and led the protests.

Israel isn't a council member, nor are the Palestinians. Monday's violence came as the US and Israel celebrated the embassy opening, the first official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital after 70 years. The move infuriated Palestinians, who seek eastern Jerusalem as a future capital of their own.

UN Secretary general Antonio Guterres said in Vienna that he was deeply concerned about the developments in Gaza, and a spokesman later underscored a call for restraint.

Source: International Islamic News Agency