CAIRO: Hamas accused Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas of having “lost legitimacy” for demanding a repeat of the Resolute Storm operation inside Palestine.
Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri posted on his Facebook page that Abbas’ call during his speech was “dangerous and unpatriotic,” and represented a position “in line with the occupying forces.”
” Mahmoud Abbas has lost legal legitimacy as president of the Palestinian national consensus, and he is not authorized to take any decisions,” the statement stated.
During his speech Abbas noted that Palestine supports Yemen, and it supports the military operation led by Saudi Arabia to maintain Yemen’s unity, and added that it “demanded a unified Arab vision as we are obligated to whatever announced by the end of the summit.”
Abbas called on governments to deal with Palestine only through the legitimate authorities to preserve state unity.
The Arab League summit kicked of Saturday headed by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, and hosted the embattled Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who recently fled Yemen as Iran-backed Houthi forces approached Hadi’s base of Aden. Hadi was forced to step down in January after Houthi forces took over the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, but escpated in February to Aden, and declared that he was still the legitimate president.
Saudi Arabia, in cooperation with Egypt and other Arab countries, began Operation Resolution Storm a few days ago to counter advancing Houthi forces.