Hamas gives permission for Fatah celebrations in Gaza Strip

December 17, 2012 20:56


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The Hamas government on Monday announced that it has given permission for holding celebrations in the Gaza Strip marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of Fatah.

The government said that decision to allow the Fatah celebrations for the first time since 2007 was in the context of efforts to pave the way for achieving reconciliation between the two parties.

The government instructed Hamas security forces to allocate places for holding the Fatah celebrations.

The announcement came shortly after Fatah leaders expressed regret over Hamas’s refusal to allow the celebrations to take place in the area known as Al-Katibah west of Gaza City.

This is the same area where Hamas recently held a mass rally marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Islamist movement.

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