Hamas regrets Abbas criticism, urges Arab states to push for end to Israeli war

AFP , Ahram Online , Thursday 16 May 2024

Hamas said Thursday it regretted remarks by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at the Bahrain summit, in which he accused the group of giving Israel "pretexts" for its war crimes in Gaza.

A banner depicting a picture of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hangs on a pole along a street ahead of the 33rd Arab League summit in Mamama on May 15, 2024. AFP


Hamas also urged Arab states to press Israel to end the war.

"We express our regret regarding the remarks made by the president of the Palestinian Authority... at the Arab summit held in Manama," Hamas said.

The resistance group also called on Arab countries to press Israel to end its war on Gaza after Arab heads of state demanded an "immediate and permanent ceasefire" in the destroyed territory.

We urge "brotherly Arab states to take the necessary measures to compel the (Israeli) occupation to stop its aggression," Hamas said, addressing the Arab League which usually convenes in Cairo.

A declaration issued by the 22-member bloc at the Arab summit demanded UN peacekeeping forces in the occupied Palestinian territories and an international peace conference for Gaza.

Israel's seven-month war has killed more than 35,000 Palestinians in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the Gaza health ministry.

Israel's siege has pushed more than half of the population to the brink of famine, with people in north Gaza already living under "famine-like conditions."

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