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US abstains as UN Security Council passes resolution to end Israeli settlements

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The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution Friday afternoon demanding an end to Israeli settlements, with the US abstaining from the vote.

The resolution passed with 14 votes in favor and the US’s abstention. There was applause in the chamber. Four countries that co-sponsored the draft, New Zealand, Venezuela, Malaysia and Senegal, called for the vote on the initial resolution pushed by Egypt.