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Abbas keeps silent regarding Israel attack on Gaza

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 25 July 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 25 July 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Almost all the Palestinian factions and well-known figures condemned the Israeli bombing of a Palestinian resistance tunnel in Gaza which killed seven Palestinians and wounded 12, however President Mahmoud Abbas has remained silent following the attack.

Abbas met with an Israeli delegation at his office in occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on the day of the bombing.

According to the Shehab News Agency, Palestinians hope Abbas will condemn the Israeli attack on Palestinians at least in the same manner as he condemns resistance attacks on Israel.

Though there have been calls for the resistance to retaliate and hold Israel accountable for its “crime”, the overwhelming majority fear the situation may escalate and lead to a full Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip as was last seen in 2014.

Those calling for restraint have highlighted that Israel chose the time of its actions to undermine the internal Palestinian reconciliation efforts.

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Mahmoud Abbas turns a blind eye on Gaza's blockade - Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

Mahmoud Abbas turns a blind eye on Gaza’s blockade – Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

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