CAIRO, December 6. /TASS/. The US needs to put pressure on Israel to end "its ongoing aggression" against the Gaza Strip, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said at a Ramallah meeting with Philip Gordon, national security advisor to the US vice president.
Abbas stressed "the necessity of the American administration’s immediate intervention and pressure on the Israeli occupation government to stop its ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, the price of which is paid by the defenseless people who are subjected to an unprecedented genocide," the WAFA news agency reported, citing the Palestinian presidential office’s statement.
Abbas also emphasized that the Palestinian administration "will not allow the forced displacement of the Palestinian people to take place, whether in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank." He called for doubling humanitarian aid to Gaza and emphasized the need to provide the enclave with water, electricity and fuel as soon as possible.
Tensions in the Middle East flared up again on October 7 after militants from the radical Palestinian group Hamas launched a surprise incursion into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip, killing residents of border communities and taking over 240 people, including women, children and the elderly, hostage. Hamas described its attack as a response to the aggressive actions of Israeli authorities against the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. Israel announced a total blockade of Gaza and started carrying out strikes on targets in the Strip, as well as on certain areas in Lebanon and Syria. Clashes are also taking place in the West Bank.