Abbas condemns kidnapping of Italian activist

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the kidnapping of an Italian rights activist in the Gaza Strip by a terrorist group and called for his immediate release, in a statement overnight Thursday.
A Jihadist group in Gaza aligned with al Qaida threatened on Thursday to execute Vittorio Arrigoni who it is holding within hours, unless Hamas Islamists release the group's leader.
Abbas called for Vittorio's "immediate release without conditions. The move does not serve the justification of the Palestinian nation, but harms it," Abbas added.
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