Abbas wants peace with "Zionist enemy"

The moderate frontrunner in the race for Palestinian President called Israel the "Zionist enemy" on Tuesday after an Israeli tank killed seven Palestinian youths in a &to=http:// ' target=_blank>Gazastrawberry field.

&to=http:// ' target=_blank>Mahmoud Abbas’s use of language usually confined to militants drew swift condemnation from Israel, whose Army said it had targeted a mortar squad and expressed regret for any loss of innocent life.

Abbas, who is seeking to win over militants opposed to his calls for a ceasefire and peace talks over a Palestinian state, spoke in Gaza while campaigning for the Jan. 9 vote to pick a successor for Yasser Arafat, wrote the Indian Express.

According to the ABC News, United Nations secretary-general &to=http:// ' target=_blank>Kofi Annan says he is gravely concerned about Israeli military operations in the northern Gaza Strip that have left eight Palestinians dead.

"He is particularly disturbed that at least five of the victims were under the age of 18," Mr Annan's spokesman said.

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