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US blocks UN criticism of Israel’s ‘excessive use of force’

The United States blocked as unfairly critical a Security Council statement that would have urged Israel to refrain from “excessive use of force” against the Palestinians. The text, under negotiations for the past three days by the 15-member council, came in response to intensive Israeli bombardments of the Gaza Strip over the past few days aimed at putting an end to rocket firing by Palestinian militant groups. Fifteen Palestinians were killed in Israeli air and artillery strikes over the weekend. Full Story

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