Abbas due in Doha to meet Qatari emir, Hamas leader
Palestinian president visits Gulf state to discuss Gaza conflict, ask for additional aid 'given the catastrophic losses'.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will meet the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashal in Doha on Wednesday to discuss the conflict in Gaza and more aid for Palestinians, diplomatic sources told Reuters.
A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets at Israel and Israel launching air strikes.
Abbas's visit to Qatar, a close ally of Hamas, will be his second since the hostilities in Gaza began on July 8.
"The President will be in Doha to meet with the Emir and talks will be on how to lift the siege of Gaza, the political scene that will follow that and then the urgent needs of the Palestinian people given the catastrophic losses," Palestinian ambassador in Doha Monir Ghannam told Reuters.
Qatar, which has been acting as a communication channel between the West and Hamas, has donated more than $500 million in humanitarian aid to Palestinians in addition to grants of $1,000 for every Palestinian who lost their home.
The Palestinian Health Ministry says some 2,026 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the current conflict that began last month. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel have also been killed during the offensive.