Abbas to Putin: West Bank poised for ‘explosion’

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Israeli policies risk triggering an “explosion” in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Palestinian media reported. The Palestinian leader told Putin that Israeli settlements, land confiscation, home demolitions and “settler terrorism” were among factors leading to anger in the West Bank, the official Wafa news agency said. “The continuation of these Israeli measures will lead to an explosion of the situation,” Wafa reported Abbas as saying to Putin. Russia is a member of the Middle East Qua…

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