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Abbas calls on Security Council to stop Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

On Nov. 14, 2012, Israel launched an aerial offensive in the Gaza Strip called Operation Pillar of Defense, with the aim of crippling the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and protecting Israeli civilians from Hamas rocket fire. Abbas' response to the Israeli offensive as reported in the PA daily:
“Eight Martyrs (Shahids), including Al-Ja’abari, and the aggression continues”
Sub-headlines: “The president calls upon the Security Council to stop the aggression”; “Egypt objects by recalling its ambassador in Tel Aviv”; “Obama looks for excuses for the Israeli aggression”
“Last night, President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to the current president of the Security Council (India)… demanding that it take action to stop the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip. The president charged ambassador Mansour [the Palestinian Permanent Observer to the UN] with contacting the representatives of the Arab countries in the Security Council, to discuss courses of action to end the aggression. The president condemned the aggression and warned of the severity of the current escalation. He demanded for it to be stopped immediately in order to save our people in the [Gaza] Strip from the calamities of war.
President Abbas called his Egyptian counterpart, Mohammed Morsi, and demanded that he make every effort to end the Israeli aggression in the [Gaza] Strip.”
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