Fayyad says Gaza carnage is new catastrophe, recalling 1949
Palestinian losses from Israel's Gaza offensive amount to a national catastrophe recalling the 1948-49 war.
Palestinian losses from Israel's Gaza offensive amount to a national catastrophe recalling the 1948-49 war in which the Jewish state was founded in Palestine territory, West Bank Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Thursday.
"What our people in Gaza are facing is a humanitarian catastrophe. It's a new Nakba, of a kind that has not happened since 1949," Fayyad told reporters in Ramallah.
Palestinians and most of the Islamic World consider Israel's May 1948 attempt of independence their "Nakba", or catastrophe, citing the forced flight of hundreds of thousands of Arabs during the ensuing battles over what had been British-ruled Palestine.
Maan News agency reported that 13-day-old Israeli offensive killed 763 Palestinians.
Fayyad is a leading figure in Fatah movement of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Hamas runs a separate administration with its own prime minister, Ismael Haniyeh, in the Gaza Strip.
Reuters Last Mod: 08 Ocak 2009, 17:36