The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated on Saturday that the on going Israeli attacks on the Gaza strip are more than ‘are more than a holocaust’.

The Palestinian president deeply condemned the Israeli attacks and said they are threatening peace efforts.

Abbas made his comments during a meeting for the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s executive committee in the central West bank city of Ramallah today.

On Friday Matan Vilnai, Israeli deputy Defense Minister told Israeli army radio that ‘the more [rocket] fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they (the Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves.’

As the Israeli army continued its military offensive targeting Jabalyia refugee camp in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources reported that the death toll in the Gaza Strip stood at 33 by Saturday midday.

According to the Gaza Ministry of Health the death toll in Gaza due to Israeli attacks since last Sunday now stands at 77, including 17 children.