Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas speaks with journalists at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 6, 2015
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas speaks with journalists at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 6, 2015 © Ahmad Gharabli - AFP/File
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas speaks with journalists at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 6, 2015
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Last updated: October 15, 2015

Abbas says he backs 'peaceful' struggle against Israeli occupation

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Wednesday he favours "peaceful, popular resistance" against Israeli occupation, amid a two-week wave of violence that has killed more than 30 people on both sides.

In a speech broadcast on official Palestinian television, his first since the outbreak of the violence, Abbas spoke of the Palestinian people's "right to defend ourselves" and "pursue our national struggle".

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