Last updated: 23 September, 2011

Huge crowds pack West Bank cities to back UN bid

Huge crowds packed into the main towns and cities of the West Bank on Friday as people turned out to support a Palestinian bid to seek UN membership, AFP correspondents said.

The crowds began gathering as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas handed over a historic request to UN chief Ban Ki-moon in New York in which he asked the United Nations to admit the state of Palestine as a full member, UN officials said.

Abbas handed over the request in a folder with the Palestinian logo on the front in Ban’s meeting room.