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Abbas calls urgent security meeting

PA President Mahmoud Abbas calls a meeting of his “inner security cabinet,” including Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, for an urgent consultation following the morning’s terror attack in Jerusalem, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports.

Ahead of the meeting, Abbas calls for calm and a stop to the attacks “so that we can work on the diplomatic level to bring about peace in the Middle East.”

In a statement also posted by the official Palestinian Wafa news agency, Abbas says he “strongly condemns” the attack, echoing an earlier statement from his office.

A handout picture released by the Palestinian Authority president's office shows Mahmoud Abbas (R) meeting with Palestinian premier Rami Hamdallah (L) in the West Bank city of Ramallah (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / PPO /HO)
A handout picture released by the Palestinian Authority president’s office shows Mahmoud Abbas (R) meeting with PA premier Rami Hamdallah (L) in the West Bank city of Ramallah (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / PPO /HO)

The statement reads:

We condemn the incident that happened in one of the synagogues in Jerusalem, leading to the death of a number of Israelis. We strongly condemn this incident and cannot accept an attack against civilians and religious sites under any circumstance. While we condemn this act we also condemn the attack on Temple Mount (Al-Haram Al-Qudsi) and on sacred sites and the burning of mosques and churches.These things contradict all divine precepts and do not serve the common interest we strive for: to establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

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