Palestinian leader to visit Pretoria

President Jacob Zuma will host his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, in Pretoria this week.

This visit follows a war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza earlier this year. More than 2100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed in Gaza. Sixty-seven Israeli soldiers and six civilians were killed by rockets and attacks by Hamas and other militant groups.

The war prompted Pretoria to send a special envoy to the Middle East in an attempt to secure peace.

Zuma will receive Abbas on Wednesday, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said.