Hamas, Fatah supporters unite for reconciliation

March 22, 2012 17:33

In a rare show of unity, Hamas and Fatah supporters demonstrated in Nablus Thursday to demand that the two parties end their differences and form a Palestinian unity government.

The demonstration was held under the motto "The People Want An End to Division."

Organizers said that that Thursday's protest marked the launching of a large-scale popular campaign to exert pressure on Fatah and Hamas to set their differences aside and implement the recent Qatari-brokered reconciliation deal between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

The two sides have failed to implement the agreement, which calls for the formation of a Palestinian unity government headed by Abbas, mainly due to sharp differences within the Hamas leadership.

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