Abbas rules out talks with Hamas

17 12 2007

PARIS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ruled out dialogue with rival Islamic militant Hamas, and said Monday that without international support Gaza is “heading into disaster.”

Abbas, speaking at an international donors conference in Paris, said Gaza is already “close to catastrophe,” and would head into disaster without continued international aid.

Gaza has been virtually cut off from the world since Hamas seized control of the territory by force in June. Israel and Egypt sharply restricted border access in response, and the blockade has further deepened poverty there. NJ.com

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