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Abbas blames Hamas for Gaza war

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
 “I say in all honesty, we made contact with leaders of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip. We spoke with them honestly and directly, and after that we spoke with them indirectly through more than one Arab and non-Arab side. We spoke to them on the telephone, and we said to them: “We ask of you, I hope that you won’t stop [the ceasefire].” As the Egyptian [Foreign] Minister said: “Don’t stop the ceasefire, the ceasefire must continue and not stop,” in order to avoid what has happened. If only we had avoided it.”
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