The Palestinian President has used his toughest language yet to condemn the Israeli offensive, describing it as brutal aggression. Mahmoud Abbas is head of the Fatah faction based in the West Bank. They were forced out of Gaza after a battle with Hamas in June 2007.
Abbas’ cabinet is repeating its call for an immediate halt to the Israeli operation. Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat said: “The focal point now should be the total cessation of Israeli hostilities and attacks against Gaza. Gaza is the most densely populated area on earth, 1.5 million people facing a dire human catastrophe. No running water, no electricity, no medical supplies and I believe the international community should do the decent thing and should shoulder the responsibility by stopping the Israeli attacks.” As protests are held in the West Bank, President Abbas is heading to New York tomorrow to lobby for a tougher stance from the UN Security Council.