Palestinian President Abbas affirms Palestinian statehood across Gaza, West Bank, and Jerusalem

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stated that the Palestinian Authority is prepared to resume its responsibilities in Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem, forming a single Palestinian state, contingent on a comprehensive cessation of hostilities, the opening of borders for humanitarian aid, and preventing the forced displacement of Palestinians.

Abbas emphasized the need for a Palestinian state comprising the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. His remarks come in the context of Egypt proposing a peace plan for post-war scenarios in Gaza. Abbas also reiterated that Fatah, the dominant faction in the Palestinian Authority, remains present in Gaza and is ready to assume governance.

Abbas expressed the devastating impact of the current conflict, describing it as worse than the Nakba of 1948, with extensive destruction and the need for substantial reconstruction efforts estimated in the tens of billions.

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