RAMALLAH, March 10, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday called on leaders in Egypt, the European Union and the Quartet to bring a stop to Israeli military escalation in the Gaza Strip.
He also gave instructions to contact the Israeli side to put a stop to the attacks on Gaza.
Fifteen Palestinians were killed and many more injured in two days of Israeli airstrikes throughout the Gaza Strip. In retaliation, armed Palestinians fired dozens of makeshift and grad missiles on Israeli towns in southern Israel forcing a state of full alert in these areas.
Abbas contacted as well Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and the head of the Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Shallah.
Both leaders said they do not want to see the situation escalate and that they were committed to the calm so that not to give Israel a pretext to continue with its military operations against the people of the Gaza Strip and to spare them death and destruction.
Abbas had condemned the Israeli air attacks on Gaza.
He held the Israeli government responsible for what he described as “the dangerous deterioration as a result of its aggression against our people that include assassinations, incursions and destruction of infrastructure.”
Abbas warned that Israel may use the situation to avoid international efforts to revive the peace process.