Abbas: PA will take charge of Gaza to prevent ‘second Nakba’ for Palestinians

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reaffirmed the PA’s responsibility for the future of the Gaza Strip in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday. Abbas stated that the political body would be ready to act upon an official end to fighting in Gaza.

Abbas said that the PA would be ready to act on their duties following the ‘cessation of aggression against [their] people.’

Abbas claims that the PA has been responsible for Gaza and emphasized the need to work with partners in the Arab world, within the Middle East, and other international actors to avoid future escalation and harm to Palestinians…

According to him, the Palestinian population is on its way to a ‘second Nakba,’ stating, ‘The creation of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital is a national necessity. We act resolutely with the help of the countries of the world and strive for full international recognition. At the same time, our people will act against all attempts aimed at uprooting it from its land and will refrain from a new disaster for the Palestinian people, whether in East Jerusalem or the Gaza Strip.’

Abbas told Asharq Al-Awsat that destabilization of the region during ongoing tension could have major consequences…”

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