Fatah said Friday that it will go ahead with its 48th anniversary celebration in the Gaza Strip as planned, after it had decided Thursday to cancel the event in the face of Hamas's refusal to allow the group to hold rallies in two of Gaza City’s main squares, the Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency reported.
The cancelation appeared to threaten the positive atmosphere that prevailed between Fatah and Hamas following Operation Pillar of Defense and the UN vote in favor of upgrading the Palestinians’ status as the two rival parties resumed their verbal attacks on each other Thursday.
However, Fatah official in Gaza Atef Abu Yousef told Ma'an late Thursday that Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh informed Fatah official Nabil Shaath that it could use al-Saraya square to hold the celebrations.
According to Ma'an, Shaath will announce the date of the anniversary celebration in a press conference in the coming days.
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