Abbas accuses Israel of 'escalation' amid unrest

GMT 07:53 2015 Monday ,05 October

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Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas
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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas accused Israel of escalating tensions as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced new security measures in response to rioting and a deadly stabbing, a statement said Monday.

"The Israeli side and its government have an interest in dragging things into a cycle of violence and are trying through escalation at Al-Aqsa (mosque compound) and settler attacks to escape their political impasse and international isolation," said the statement from Abbas's office, its first reaction since a recent spike in unrest.

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