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Mahmoud Abbas denounces encouraging violence against Israel

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By Euronews  with Defense News, Reuters
Mahmoud Abbas denounces encouraging violence against Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has denounced groups which encourage attacks against Israel.

A surge of violence between the two countries has lasted for four months so far, raising concerns over the potential wider escalation of the conflict.

Abbas spoke out against Palestinians who encouraged youths to take part in the bloodshed.

“All the nation and political parties are supporting the national uprising. But we support a peaceful national uprising. Anyone who wants to act against security forces, using explosives, weapons or creating cells in any place will be arrested, no matter where he is going. Security measures have been taken following my orders,” he said.

His statement came a matter of hours after a 13-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead by an Israeli security guard she allegedly tried to stab in the occupied West Bank (January 23).

Israeli authorities say it is the third stabbing by Palestinian teenagers in settlements in the course of a week.

Foiled attacks

Palestinian security chief, Major General Majid Faraj, was this week (January 18) quoted as saying Abbas’ forces had thwarted 200 attacks on Israelis and arrested around 100 Palestinians since October, 2016.

Reuters news agency reports that, behind the scenes, Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been cooperating on security in the West Bank. This, despite blaming each other for the current violence in the area.