Palestinian president Abbas condemns Paris attack

AFP , Saturday 14 Nov 2015

File Photo: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) and his foreign minister Ryad al-Malki attending the 4th Summit of Arab States and South American countries in Riyadh on November 11, 2015 (Photo: AFP)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the series of attacks in Paris that left more than 120 people dead.

Abbas said: "Our people are deeply shocked and angered, but mostly saddened by these events aimed at hitting civil life in the wonderful city of Paris. We express sympathy and solidarity with France as a whole as well as to the victims' families."

In Ramallah in the occupied West Bank a march is due in front of the French cultural centre in the early evening.

Hosam Zomlot, an official with Abbas' Fatah party and one of the organisers, said protesters would carry candles and raise the French flag in the centre of Ramallah.

"This is totally and utterly unacceptable and condemned in the hearts of all Palestinians," he told AFP.

A series of attacks, including seven supposed suicide bombers, killed at least 128 in Paris Friday night.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks, which French President Francois Hollande condemned as an "act of war".

*The story was edited by Ahram Online.

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