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Israel, supporters bear Gaza Strip responsibility: Abbas

RAMALLAH (Bernama-AA) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that Israel and the countries that encourage it bear responsibility for what is happening in the Gaza Strip and demanded a cease-fire and the opening of humanitarian corridors to bring aid to its residents.

Abbas’s remarks followed his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Palestinian presidential headquarters in Ramallah, according to Anadolu Agency quoting Palestine TV reported.

“Israel bears responsibility for the events taking place today, and the countries of the world who encourage the Israeli occupation authorities to continue to deepen their aggressive practices share the responsibility,” Abbas said.

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on October 24, 2023 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. PHOTO: AFP

He called for “a complete cease-fire, the opening of a safe corridor, and the provision of water, electricity, fuel and other needs,” reiterating his refusal to “displace Palestinians from their homes and land outside Palestine, whether Gaza or the West Bank.”

Abbas also called on Macron and the United Nations (UN) Security Council to immediately stop this aggression, and to hold an international peace conference and move to a political solution.

Over 5,795 Palestinians were killed and at least 18,000 wounded in Israeli bombardment in Gaza Strip and West Bank since October 7.