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  UN demands Israel scraps barrier
Updated 21 July 2004, 09.19
The fence has divided communities
The United Nations has called on Israel to tear down a wall it's been building in an area where Palestinians live.

Last month, the International Court Of Justice said the wall was illegal. Now the UN's 191-nation General Assembly has voted to back that decision.

The General Assembly cannot force countries to act on its demands, but the issue could go to the UN's Security Council, which has more powers.

Israel is standing firm on the issue, describing the demand as "outrageous".


It says it needs the wall to stop Palestinian suicide bombers.

Ploy

Opponents say the barrier, which juts into an area called the West Bank, is a ploy to seize land.

A total of 150 General Assembly nations voted to get rid of the 400-mile wall, including all 25 members of the European Union.

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