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Hamas approves venue for Fatah anniversary events
Published Friday 28/12/2012 (updated) 02/01/2013 11:31
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Celebrations in the Gaza Strip to commemorate Fatah's 48th anniversary will go ahead as planned, after Hamas officials approved a venue for the events late Thursday, a Fatah official said.

Fatah had earlier announced it would cancel its anniversary celebrations in Gaza after the Hamas government rejected proposed locations for the event.

However, Atef Abu Yousef, a Fatah official in Gaza, told Ma'an late Thursday that Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh called Fatah official Nabil Shaath to inform him that the Islamist group had agreed to let Fatah use al-Saraya square to hold its anniversary celebrations.

Haniyeh met with Fatah officials on Friday to discuss preparations for the events, offering his congratulations to Fatah for its 48th anniversary, Gaza government spokesman Taher al-Nunu said.

Hamas is keen to hold celebrations worthy of Fatah and its long history of struggle, al-Nunu added.

A delegation from Fatah's central committee and revolutionary council will participate in the celebrations, together with Palestinian nationalist figures from outside Palestine, Abu Yousef said.

Nabil Shaath will hold a press conference in the coming days to announce the date of the events, although celebrations usually take place on January 1.

Around 5,000 Fatah members in Gaza will participate in the celebrations, a senior Fatah official in Gaza said Friday, and security at the events will be tightened to ensure celebrations go to plan.

Fatah, or 'conquest' in Arabic, was founded in 1965 by late President Yasser Arafat and has long been the dominant force in Palestinian politics and a cornerstone in the nationalist struggle.
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1 ) NICE TO SEE REAL / FRIENDSHIP
28/12/2012 15:26
BETWEEN FATAH AND HAMAS REAL UNITY

2 ) matt / usa
28/12/2012 16:40
how about holding this in syria. show some unity there

3 ) Obi-wan-kenobi / usa
28/12/2012 17:16
Funny how some people try to detract attention from Israel's actions onto Syria/insert random country here. Face up to your own responsibilities!

4 ) Reader / from Edmonton
28/12/2012 19:16
Fatah, to show true solidarity with the prisoners of Gaza, should hold their rally by the prison fence east of Gaza City. And invite Hamas supporters to also attend.

5 ) Around / World
28/12/2012 21:33
Fatah should hold their celebrations on the buildings roof tops in Gaza - they would not find better place.

6 ) Herb Glatter / USA
29/12/2012 05:46
will Abbas attend? Recently he's been to Vatican City, Ankara, Tokyo but can't seem to find Gaza.

7 ) Reader / from Edmonton
29/12/2012 11:40
Maybe have some marching bands, a few floats, dancing girls, food concessions, rock bands, etc. Make a day of it: maybe a whole weekend. It's Palestine too: it's your country, one country for all.
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