Abbas's Fatah holds first mass Gaza Strip rally in years

By REUTERS
January 4, 2013 12:44

GAZA - Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians joined a rare rally staged by PA President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction in Gaza on Friday, as tensions ease with rival Hamas Islamists ruling the enclave since 2007.

A long hiatus in peace talks between Abbas's administration and Israel has narrowed ideological differences between the two main Palestinian factions. Solidarity has deepened since Israel's Gaza assault in November, in which Hamas, though battered, declared victory.


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