UN Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire

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CBNNews.com - NEW YORK CITY - The UN Security Council passed a resolution Thursday calling for an "immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire, leading to a full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza."

Rather than veto the vote, the US abstained, though Hamas, the Palestinian terror group whose rocket fire on southern Israel perpetrated the operation in Gaza, is not named in the document.

Outgoing US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called the UN resolution "a road map for a sustainable, durable peace in Gaza," but said the US wanted to see how the Egyptian plan fared.

"The United States thought it important to see the outcome of the Egyptian mediation efforts in order to see what this resolution might have been supporting," Rice said.

Meanwhile, Hamas officials in Damascus rejected the French-backed Egyptian cease-fire initiative, calling it "insufficient," and said they might be more amenable to the UN resolution.

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