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MIDDLE EAST CRISIS

President Abbas says Hamas’ actions do not represent Palestinians

Khaled Mashal and Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the actions and policies of Islamist group Hamas do not represent Palestinian people, according to official news agency Wafa.

In a phone call with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Abbas also called the Palestine Liberation Organization the “sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people”, Wafa said.

“The president affirmed his rejection of the killing of civilians on both sides, and called for the release of civilians, prisoners and detainees on both sides,” added the news agency.

(Reporting by Hatem Maher and Ahmed Tolba; Editing by Deepa Babington and Lisa Shumaker.)

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  • Vanessa R says:

    Exactly; lets get the democratic leaders from both sides in power, throw out the current extremist leaders & then a territorial deal meaning hopefully long lasting peace is possible, not before.

  • Cunningham Ngcukana says:

    Abbas is not representative of the Palestinian people but a thug who has imposed himself over the Palestinian people. The last elections in the Palestinian Bantustan were held in 2006 and Hamas held 74 of the 132 seats of the Palestinian legislative Council. Abu Mazen an unmitigated traitor of the Palestinian people who has been undermined by the Israel thug called Netanyahu must resign because he has no legal standing even as a Bantustan leader of Ramallah. He has no authority to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people or to tell anybody who represents Palestinians. The Americans and the puppet American Arab League know that he is only a thief but not the genuine and legitimate leader of the Palestinian people. The war criminals in Israel must be brought to justice before the ICC for atrocities against the Palestinian people. Biden and Rishi Sunak are accomplices to the crimes against humanity perpetrated by Israel Defence Force and Netanyahu. Abbas may be another criminal that is complicit against the crimes committed by Israel in Palestine.

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