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Palestinian Official Drops Out Of Biden Meeting Citing Hospital Airstrike

RAMALLAH, West Bank - A senior Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas has canceled his participation in a meeting scheduled Wednesday with President Joe Biden and other Mideast leaders.

Abbas was scheduled to join Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi at Wednesday's summit in Amman, Jordan, where they were to discuss the Israel-Hamas war with Biden.

But the senior official said Abbas was withdrawing to protest an alleged Israeli airstrike on a hospital in Gaza that health officials say has killed over 500 people.

"The president is very angry after the news of the Israeli massacre at the hospital in Gaza, and he decided to immediately return to Ramallah", the officials said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the cancelation has not been formally announced.



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