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Hamas: Fatah can celebrate anniversary in Gaza
Published Monday 17/12/2012 (updated) 19/12/2012 11:21
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas-run Ministry of Interior has agreed to allow Fatah to celebrate its 48th anniversary in Gaza, a ministry spokesman said Monday.

Islam Shahwan said government authorities would contact Fatah members to coordinate arrangements for the festival, adding that Hamas would permit the celebrations "to promote the atmosphere of unity."

Earlier, Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu Aita said Hamas had refused a request to hold the anniversary festival in Gaza City's al-Katiba Square.

"Al-Katiba square is the only square in Gaza suitable for a big event with a large number of people, and it's the main square for national celebrations," Abu Aita said, noting that Hamas and Islamic Jihad held rallies there.

Abu Aita said the refusal was particularly disappointing given the recent positive atmosphere toward reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

Hamas held anniversary rallies in cities across the West Bank last week for the first time since 2007.


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1 ) Ashraf / USA
18/12/2012 04:23
All Gazans should be encouraged to attend this celebration to promote unity. Otherwise, the only ones in attendance would be the speakers, their bodyguards, those receiving stipends from the PA/Fatah, the ignorant and the corrupt. Hopefully after their 50th anniversary they'll put Fatah to sleep. Hamas has been more generous to Fatah from this one gesture than Fatah has been in the last six years. Sore losers at the ballot box.

2 ) Dweikat / Palestine
18/12/2012 22:24
Ashraf. I thought we allowed Hamas to celebrate in the Westbank...you are realy ignorant...and I thougt that Fatah in Gaza has a bigger support then Hamas..2007 is prove of that and if they allow Fatah to celebrate at the Yellow Square then you will see again the support Fatah has....People like you who talk from the USA are hypocrits and dont know a thing about Palestina except the youtube videos you watch
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