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Hamas slams U.S. veto of Palestinian U.N. membership bid

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U.S. Deputy Ambassador Robert Wood votes towards decision throughout a Security Council assembly at United Nations headquarters, on April 18, 2024
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Palestinian militant group Hamas condemned on April 19 the U.S. veto that ended a long-shot Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership.

“Hamas condemns the American veto at the Security Council of the draft resolution granting Palestine full membership in the United Nations,” the Gaza Strip rulers stated in a press release, which comes amid rising worldwide concern over the toll inflicted by the struggle within the besieged Palestinian territory.

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The veto by Israel’s foremost ally and navy backer had been anticipated forward of the vote, which came about greater than six months into Israel’s offensive in Gaza, in retaliation for the lethal October 7 assault by Hamas militants.

Twelve international locations voted in favour of the draft decision, which was launched by Algeria and “recommends to the General Assembly that the State of Palestine be admitted to membership of the United Nations”. Britain and Switzerland abstained.

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