UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

January 8, 2009 7:37:50 PM PST
The U.N. Security Council has approved a resolution calling for an immediate and durable cease-fire between Hamas militants and Israeli forces now fighting in the Gaza Strip. Thursday night's vote was 14-0 with the United States abstaining.

The vote followed three days of intense negotiations between ministers from key Arab nations and the council's veto-wielding Western powers - the United States, Britain and France.

Despite the U.N. decision, it will be up to Israel and Hamas to decide to stop their military activities. But the United States, Israel's closest ally, and Arab nations that have close ties to Hamas negotiated the text of the resolution.