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Palestinian Leader Says Hamas Caused Prolonged War
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29 Aug 2014 08:21 PM EST

Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for needlessly extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs. The remarks by Abbas come a few days after Israel and Hamas militants reached a truce after 50 bitter days of fighting in which several Egyptian mediated cease-fire attempts during the conflict failed.. More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians. Seventy one people on the Israeli side, including six civilians were killed.