PA would take over Gaza only as part of comprehensive solution: Abbas

AP , Sunday 5 Nov 2023

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday that the Palestinian authority would only assume power in Gaza as part of a “comprehensive political solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to the Palestinian news agency (WAFA).

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, AFP



Abbas condemned Israel’s bombardment of Gaza as a genocidal war, urging Blinken “to immediately stop them from committing such crimes,” WAFA reported.

He also called for an immediate delivery of humanitarian aid and fuel, and the restoration of water and electricity in Gaza.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority, headed by Abbas, has not been a factor in Gaza since Hamas took it over in 2007.

Abbas said that security and peace would be achieved only through ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 Mideast war borders with east Jerusalem its capital.

Abbas' remarks came during the visit of the US top diplomat to the occupied West Bank, part of a whirlwind Middle East tour, as Israel pursues its deadliest campaign yet in the besieged Gaza.

Entering its 30th day, Israel's war on Gaza continues with mass killings, airstrikes, and ground operations.

Israeli forces have yet to achieve any significant victory, except for killing nearly 9,500 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and displacing more than half of Gaza’s 2.3 million people.

The humanitarian situation is dire in the strip, with accusations of genocide and ethnic cleansing leading to an increasing global outcry.

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