Palestinian president accuses Hamas of 'needlessly extending' Israel conflict
Published 29/08/2014 | 15:42
Mr Abbas told Palestine TV in remarks broadcast today that "it was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses (damaged or destroyed)."
More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians. Seventy-one people on the Israeli side, including six civilians, died.
Several Egyptian-mediated ceasefire attempts failed. Hamas eventually accepted almost the same truce offered at the beginning.