The United States blocked an international resolution to investigate the 60 deaths when Israeli troops shot and killed protesters in the Gaza Strip.
Many governments expressed outrage after the violence on Monday, when tens of thousands of Palestinians protested the same day that the U.S. carried out President Trump’s controversial decision to open the American embassy in Jerusalem.
American officials such as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner said they hoped for peace as dozens were killed in Gaza, which has been under blockade by Israel since the terrorist group Hamas won elections there in 2007.
Israeli forces said that those killed were terrorists, remarks echoed by the White House on what the administration called a “great day” for Israel.
Other countries criticized both the U.S. embassy move, which came despite warnings it would inflame tensions with Palestinians who see East Jerusalem as the capital of a potential Palestinian state, and the use of force against demonstrators.
South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel over the violence, and Turkey recalled its envoys to both Israel and the U.S.
The United Nations human rights chief said that Israel had violated human rights, and a call to start an “independent and transparent investigation” was put to the UN Security Council by Kuwait.
The violence came as American officials including White House adviser Jared Kushner opened the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
The statement, which also expressed “outrage and sorrow,” was blocked by the U.S., diplomats told Agence France Presse.
American representatives routinely block United Nations measures aimed at Israeli conduct, with shock greeting the Obama administration’s decision to abstain in late 2016 and let pass a measure condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.
U.N. Security Council representatives are scheduled to meet Tuesday about the protest deaths.
At least 60 Palestinians were killed as a result of the chaos at the border, according to Health Ministry officials in Gaza, with the total rising from 55 late Monday.
Among those dead were an 8-month-old infant who died of tear gas inhalation during the protest, the ministry said.
It is not clear how widespread or where continued protests will occur on Tuesday, as Hamas said that it expects low turnout as Palestinians bury the dead.