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Abbas returning from Europe amid Gaza fighting
Published Thursday 15/11/2012 (updated) 16/11/2012 09:58
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Swiss President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf listens to President Mahmoud
Abbas during his visit to Bern Nov. 15, 2012. (Reuters/Ruben Sprich)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas will cut short his trip to Europe to return to the West Bank amid Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, PLO official Saeb Erekat said Thursday.

Abbas has asked the Palestinian envoy to the UN to galvanize Arab states in order to halt the violence, which has killed 15 Palestinians and three Israelis in 24 hours.

Envoy Riyad Mansour has sent a letter to the UN Security Council asking for urgent action, Erekat added. The Security Council met briefly on Wednesday, but did not take any action.

Abbas has also pressed for an emergency Arab League session. The regional body is set to meet Saturday over the latest fighting, sparked by Israel's assassination of a top Hamas military leader in Gaza on Wednesday.

"We have a very grave situation in Gaza, we have situation deteriorating on the hour every hour and President Abbas now is in touch with His Excellency President Mursi of Egypt, Dr. Nabil al-Arabi of the Arab League, Ban Ki-moon ... and others in Europe and the United States, hoping to begin a process of de-escalation of the conflict," Erekat told reporters in the Swiss capital Berne, where Abbas met Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
15/11/2012 17:38
President Abbas should enjoy the freedom while he can, since after UN Bid,
he may NOT be able to either leave or "return to the West Bank" again.

2 ) shirley / australia
16/11/2012 00:23
this was aset up by US and Isreal to put spanner in UNGA vote and demanize pals and Hamas Isreal fired the first shot and that can never be forgotten or negoiated on and again started the violence againand ABBASS should notr be leaving any terms of reference open about UNGA bid and could leave pals in a lot worse position than OSLO the UNGA bid is about the failure of OSLO and the weak position of pals at the negoiating tablebetter to leave as such OSLO and as borders defined will only leave
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