Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused a meeting on October 18 with US President Joe Biden, as well as the leaders of Egypt and Jordan, reports AP And Al Hadath citing sources in the Palestinian Authority.
As AP notes, in this way Abbas protested in connection with the attack on a hospital in the Gaza Strip, where, according to the Palestinian side, at least 500 people were killed. A representative of the Palestinian Fatah movement, of which Abbas is the leader, told Al Hadath that any summit without an end to hostilities is “useless.”
Earlier it became known that Biden will visit Israel on October 18 to “show his continued support” for this country after the Hamas attack. After this, the American leader was scheduled to meet with King Abdullah II bin Hussein of Jordan, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Amid the worsening Palestinian-Israeli conflict, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has already visited Israel twice. His first visit took place on October 12, four days after visiting several Arab countries, he returned to Israel. Speaking in Israel, Blinken said Washington and Tel Aviv had agreed to prepare a plan to provide humanitarian assistance to the residents of Gaza.
On October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas attacked Israel. In response, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Iron Swords, and the Israeli government announced that the country had entered a state of war. Since then, the Israeli military has regularly attacked Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.
According to the latest data, the death toll during the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has exceeded 4,000 people, more than half of them are Palestinians. On the evening of October 17, it became known about an attack on the Al-Ahli hospital in the Gaza Strip, which could have killed hundreds of people. The Palestinian side accused Israeli forces of attack; Tel Aviv said it was checking the information.