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Abbas says he backs ‘peaceful’ struggle against Israeli

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Ramallah: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said today 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”.