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Fatah to hold anniversary celebration in Hamas-run Gaza

English.news.cn   2012-12-28 20:37:52            

GAZA, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party announced Friday it will hold celebrations in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip to mark its 48th anniversary.

Yehya Rabah, a Fatah leader in Gaza, told Xinhua that Hamas has agreed to let Fatah celebrate its anniversary in al-Saraya square in the heart of Gaza City on Jan. 1, 2013.

Rabah said the agreement was reached after a meeting with Ismail Haneya, head of Islamic Hamas movement's government, on Friday morning.

On Thursday, Fatah said it would not mark its anniversary in the coastal enclave due to obstacles placed by Hamas de-facto government.

Earlier this month, the Fatah-led Palestinian National Authority allowed Hamas to celebrate its 25th anniversary in the West Bank for the first time in years.

In return, Hamas, which grabbed control of Gaza in 2007 after defeating Fatah forces, accepted a request by Fatah leadership to mark its anniversary in Gaza for the first time since 2007.


Editor: Lu Hui
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