Hamas cancels anniversary celebrations due to storm, finances
Published Thursday 12/12/2013 (updated) 14/12/2013 12:41
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas has decided to cancel all celebrations of the Islamic movement's 26th anniversary, which were scheduled to begin Friday, an official told Ma'an.
Activity coordinator Ashraf Zayid told Ma'an Thursday that all activities related to the 26th anniversary of Hamas have been cancelled due to damages caused by the regional storm in addition to economic difficulties.
Zayid said Hamas would instead focus its efforts on providing relief services to the citizens of Gaza as the storm continues to damage homes and property throughout the Strip.
Last week Hamas announced that celebrations would be restricted to local activities due to "dire economic conditions" in the coastal Palestinian territory, but now all celebrations have been completely cancelled.