Abbas: Rockets are entirely pointless and must be stopped

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday condemned rocket attacks on Israel but also attacked Israel's policy towards the Gaza Strip, Army Radio reported. "Rockets are entirely pointless and must be stopped," Abbas said in a meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik. However, he added that "Israel must not use the launchings as an excuse to collectively punish an entire population and must always allow entry of humanitarian [aid] into the Strip."