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
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
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
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.

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