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The Latest: Palestinians urge UN to condemn Israel over Gaza

Updated Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 2:03 p.m.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the U.N. General Assembly's vote on a proposed resolution that would blame Israel for recent deadly violence on its border with Gaza (all times local):

4 p.m.

The Palestinians' U.N. ambassador is urging the General Assembly to adopt a resolution to address escalating violence in Gaza and "the crisis" of protecting civilians following the killing of more than 120 Palestinians by Israeli military fire.

Riyad Mansour urged an emergency meeting of the 193-member world body Wednesday to do everything to protect civilians and to avert further destabilization so as encourage the possibility of peace "for which we have not yet lost all hope."

Mansour stressed: "We need action. We need protection for our civilian population. ... Is that a crime to ask for?"

The draft resolution asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to make recommendations on ensuring protection of Palestinian civilians, within 60 days, including on "an international protection mechanism."

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1:20 p.m.

The Palestinians and their supporters are asking an emergency meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to adopt a resolution blaming Israel for recent violence in Gaza — and the U.S. is demanding that Gaza's Hamas rulers be condemned as well.

The draft resolution being considered Wednesday was proposed by Arab and Islamic countries. The text deplores "any excessive use of force" by Israeli forces, particularly in Gaza, and demands that Israel "refrain from such actions." It also seeks recommendations to protect Palestinian civilians.

The U.S. says Israel is unfairly singled out in the draft and has proposed an amendment condemning Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and inciting violence along the Gaza-Israel border fence, "thereby putting civilians at risk."