Abbas receives a hero's welcome after UN vote

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was given a hero's welcome on his return to Ramallah following the UN General Assembly's vote to upgrade Palestine's status from "observer entity" to "non-member state".

Palestinians celebrate the UN General Assembly's upgrading of their status Credit: Reuters/Ammar Awad

However, the upgrade falls short of full UN membership, which only the Security Council can grant.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves to the cheering crowds in Ramallah Credit: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman

In a speech broadcast on state television, he told the cheering crowds who greeted him, "Yes, now we have a state".

The crowds waved flags and cheered at the rally in Ramallah on the West Bank Credit: Reuters TV

"Congratulations to all of you brave Palestinians; you alone have accomplished this achievement and alone have won this victory", he said.