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Abbas says Israel committing 'genocide' in Gaza
Published Wednesday 09/07/2014 (updated) 11/07/2014 10:30
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Palestinian relatives and friends of the al-Kaware family carry
the seven bodies to the mosque during their funeral in Khan
Younis, in the Gaza Strip, on July 9, 2014.(AFP/Thomas Coex)
RAMALLAH (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday accused Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza during its military campaign which has so far killed 43 Palestinians.

"It's genocide -- the killing of entire families is genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people," he told a crisis meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

"What's happening now is a war against the Palestinian people as a whole and not against the (militant) factions.

"We know that Israel is not defending itself, it is defending settlements, its main project," said Abbas.

"We are moving in several ways to stop the Israeli aggression and spilling of Palestinian blood, including talking to Egyptian President (Abdel Fattah) al-Sisi and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon."

Egypt on Wednesday urged Israel and Hamas in Gaza to halt their spiraling conflict but played down hopes of a Cairo-mediated truce.

"There is no mediation, in the common sense of the word," said Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty.

"Egyptian diplomatic efforts are aimed at immediately stopping Israeli aggression and ending all mutual violence. (Egyptian) contacts have not yet achieved a result."

Wednesday was the second day of Israel's Operation Protective Edge.

Israel warplanes have so far hit 550 targets in Gaza, and Hamas fighters have hit back with 165 rockets, some of which struck Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and as far away as Hadera, 116 kilometers to the north of the coastal enclave.
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1 ) Richard Reilly / USA
09/07/2014 21:48
When will Abu Mazen order the Palestinian preventative security forces to turn their weapons toward the real enemy - the Israeli occupation? Today, the Israeli air force announced that it struck 400 targets and dropped more than 400 tons of explosives on Palestinians in Gaza in the past 36 hours. How many more Palestinian children must die before he ends security cooperation with Israel?

2 ) Martin Luther / Germany
09/07/2014 23:12
Now is the time for Abbas to end all security co operation with Israel, and to stop being a mat for USRAEL to wipe their feet on. He must finally be true to his word & go to the ICC. He must also refuse more USRAEL peace talks & refuse any co operation with USRAEL. Time to play grown up games. Israel orchestrated this whole situation, Netanyahu et al are war criminals, all backed & paid for by US. As to those in EU who bleat about rockets, open your eyes to the truth & reality of the situation.

3 ) JoeFattal / USA
10/07/2014 16:10
Abbas is right. Israel is hitting civilian targets and is leaving the iron dome intercept the rockets. Israel is not making an effort to destroy the rocket launchers. They still flying over Israel.

4 ) Marcos / Mexico
10/07/2014 20:12
Less talking and more action... Until when is Abu Mazen going to apply for the ICC ?
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