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Abbas asks Arab League for urgent meeting on Gaza

April 9, 2011 3:15 P.M. (Updated: April 11, 2011 10:46 A.M.)
CAIRO (Ma’an) -- The Arab League will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss a serious escalation of hostilities by Israel, at the request of President Mahmoud Abbas.

Member of the PLO executive committee Saeb Erekat told the official Palestinian Authority news agency that Abbas asked the league Saturday morning to hold an emergency meeting.

Arab League chief Amr Moussa replied to the request within hours, saying the meeting would be held at noon.

Abbas is in Cairo, meeting representatives of Palestinian factions in a low-level bid for unity with Hamas, and to brief new Egyptian leaders and media professionals on the current situation in Palestine.

Erekat said Abbas was seeking a unified Arab voice to come out against the what has been called the deadliest escalation in the region since Israel launched its winter offensive on Gaza in 2008-9.

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