Fatah to Mark Anniversary in Hamas-Run Gaza

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The Gaza branch of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party said on Friday it will mark its anniversary in the Hamas-ruled enclave after an accord between the two factions.

"We have agreed with (Hamas) prime minister Ismail Haniya that Fatah will celebrate its 48th anniversary on January 1 at the site of the Saraya" complex where its security forces were based, Fatah official Yehiye Rabba said.

The last time that Fatah, which governs the West Bank, held celebrations in the Gaza Strip to mark its foundation was in 2007.

Hamas and Fatah had been at loggerheads since the Islamist movement seized control of Gaza in June 2007, following its victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections the previous year.

Under Egyptian mediation, the two groups reached a unity agreement in April 2011, although it has so far not been implemented.

The Fatah anniversary commemorates the first operation against Israel claimed by its armed wing then known as Al-Assifa (The Thunderstorm in Arabic) on January 1, 1965.

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Default-user-icon John Marina (Guest) 28 December 2012, 16:21

After over 60 years the people of Gaza are still living in dreamland, the flying carpet. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are too busy to Islamize Syria than using their oil influence and billions to resolve the Palestine question. The Palestinians in the West Bank are near starvation. Unfortunately Naharnet does not publish these comments. ionist democracy punishment.