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Abbas: Jaba accident 'a national catastrophe'

Feb. 16, 2012 11:01 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 17, 2012 1:52 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas visited some of the dozens of injured children at a hospital in Ramallah on Thursday, following the crash he described as a "national catastrophe."

Five children and a teacher were killed Thursday in a crash south of Ramallah during a field trip, medics said. Another 39 have been injured, several of them seriously.

Abbas seemed to be affected by the visit. He was accompanied by his secretary-general Tayeb Abdul Rahim and the health minister, Fathi Abu Moghli. Fatah official Nabil Shaath also joined.

"This is a national catastrophe for all Palestinian people," Abbas told reporters, both for the country and the children's' parents "because what happened was unimaginable, but it was fate."

He added that the PA wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
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