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Abbas calls for calm, solidarity with Temple Mount rioters

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians will not be “dragged” into more violence with Israel, but says his people stand with those “protecting Al-Aqsa mosque.”

Speaking to business leaders on Thursday in Ramallah Abbas says he is committed to “peaceful popular resistance,” though he backs rioters who recently barricaded themselves inside Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and clashed with Israeli police on the Temple Mount.

Mahmoud Abbas speaks with journalists at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 6, 2015. AFP/AHMAD GHARABLI)
Mahmoud Abbas speaks with journalists at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 6, 2015. AFP/AHMAD GHARABLI)

Abbas insists the Palestinians are not interested in a further escalation.

Still, he says their “hands are with those who are protecting Al-Aqsa mosque.”

— AP

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