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Palestinian President Abbas Calls Off Europe Trip

Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 05:06 AM

 

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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian officials say President Mahmoud Abbas has cut short a trip to Europe to deal with the crisis surrounding Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian official Saeb Erekat says Abbas canceled planned meetings in Switzerland on Thursday to rush back to the West Bank.

Abbas lost control of Gaza to Hamas militants in 2007 and now governs only the West Bank. Still, he claims to be president of all Palestinians.

Erekat harshly condemned Israel's military operation, saying the Palestinians "hold Israel fully responsible for the consequences of this act of aggression."

Israel launched the operation on Wednesday in response to repeated rocket attacks from Gaza.

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