QT-Online / Thursday, December 6, 2018 / Categories: Top News Vote condemning Hamas for firing rockets into Israel fails at UN A US-sponsored resolution condemning militant group Hamas for firing rockets into Israel has failed to pass at the UN General Assembly. The resolution won a majority of 87 to 57, with 33 abstentions, but did not reach the required two-thirds backing. US envoy Nikki Haley had said adoption would right a "historic wrong" as the UN has not passed such a condemnation. A Hamas spokesman said the outcome was a "slap" to President Donald Trump's administration. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that although the two-thirds was not achieved, this was the first time there was a "sweeping majority of countries " who had stood up against Hamas. Resolutions at the UN can carry political weight but are non-binding. This resolution was the first condemning Hamas that the 193-nation assembly had considered. Ahead of the vote, Ms Haley, who steps down at the end of the year, said she wanted to "ask my Arab brothers and sisters - is the hatred toward Israel so strong that you'll defend a terrorist organisation? One that is directly causing harm to the Palestinian people?" A vote to require a two-thirds majority was narrowly backed by 75 to 72, with 26 abstentions. Previous Article Eiffel Tower to close on Saturday amid Paris riot fears Next Article Germany’s Merkel bids emotional farewell to CDU party Print 1032 Rate this article: No rating Please login or register to post comments.