Palestinian president says Hamas are to blame for loss of 2,000 lives

A Palestinian girl holds a Kalashinkov as Islamist fighters celebrate what they call a “victory” over Israel following Tuesday’s ceasefire

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of causing thousands of unnecessary deaths by fighting in Gaza for longer than was needed.

President Abbas said all casualties could have been avoided and blamed Hamas for needlessly extending the war with Israel.

His words came as hundreds of Palestinian Islamic militants took part in a rally celebrating the “victory” over Israel, in Gaza City today.

Young children were seen brandishing weapons as fighters of Al-Quds brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist organisation Palestinian Islamic Jihad, marched in the streets…