Middle East

Abbas seeks ‘unprecedented’ steps to end Palestinian split

FILE -- In this Oct. 1, 2016 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, speaks during a conference in the West Bank City of Bethlehem. Abbas told Palestinian diplomats in Bahrain on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, that he will take "unprecedented steps" to end the political division between his West Bank-based autonomy government and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Measures will likely include more financial pressure on Gaza, after he recently slashed salaries of 60,000 ex-civil servants and members

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 14, 2017, on page 1.

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