Abbas offers condolences to Turkish PM for mine victims
By Anees Barghouthy, Thursday, May 15, 2014
RAMALLAH – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to offer his condolences for the victims of a recent mine explosion in western Turkey.
During the phone call, Abbas expressed "his deepest condolences and sadness over the tragic incident," according to official Palestinian news agency Wafa.
On Wednesday, the Palestinian leader sent a cable of condolences to Erdogan and Turkish President Abdullah Gul.
At least 282 miners were killed on Tuesday in a mine blast in Turkey's western Manisa province.
Turkey has declared three days of national mourning – during which flags will be flown at half-mast and parliament will be closed – for victims of what is being described as one of the worst mining accidents in the country's history.
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