Abbas: Hamas overreached

Gaza’s rulers prolonged fighting needlessly, he says

Posted: August 30, 2014 at 3:13 a.m.

Palestinians carry a mock Israeli tank during a celebration organized by Hamas in the West Bank city of Nablus, on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Israel and Hamas militants fought for 50 days before reaching a truce on Tuesday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of needlessly extending fighting in the Gaza Strip, causing a high death toll. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while Israel's premier said the end of the fighting could lead to the resumption of peace talks with Abbas.

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