NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Members of the UN General Assembly applaud as Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, arrives to speak before a vote on Palestinian 'non-member status'
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UNITED NATIONS - Palestinians have erupted in wild cheers, hugging each other and honking car horns after the United Nations voted to grant them, at least formally, what they have long yearned for -- a state of their own.
In the central celebration in the West Bank city of Ramallah, hundreds crowding into the main square waved Palestinian flags and chanted "God is great" after the U.N. General Assembly vote.
It accepted "Palestine" as a non-member observer state with a vote of 138 in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions.
The decision won't immediately change lives here, since much of what the world body is defining as the territory of that state -- the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem -- remains under Israeli control.
Yet many Palestinians savored the global recognition.
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