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After U.S. abstention, UN Security Council demands end to Israel settlement building
December 23, 2016 / 7:27 PM / 7 months ago

After U.S. abstention, UN Security Council demands end to Israel settlement building

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - After the United States abstained from voting, the U.N. Security Council on Friday passed a resolution demanding Israel stop building settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, a reversal of U.S. practice to protect Israel from United Nations action.

The resolution was put forward at the 15-member council for a vote on Friday by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal a day after Egypt withdrew it under pressure from Israel and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Israel and Trump had called on the United States to veto the measure. 

It was adopted with 14 votes in favour, to a round of applause. It is the first resolution the Security Council has adopted on Israel and the Palestinians in nearly eight years.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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