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Abbas asks UN for Gaza protection

In the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he had appealed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for “international protection” for the Palestinian people.

“The situation has become unbearable — hundreds of martyrs and thousands of wounded and huge destruction,” Abbas said.

Despite forming a government with Hamas’s backing last month, Abbas’s influence in Gaza is minimal.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

— AP

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