New Palestinian rift erupts after Fatah cancels Gaza event

The positive atmosphere that prevailed between Fatah and Hamas following Operation Pillar of Defense and the UN vote in favor of upgrading the status of the Palestinians to non-member observer state appeared Thursday to have ended as the two rival parties resumed their verbal attacks on each other.
The new crisis erupted after Fatah announced the cancellation of celebrations in the Gaza Strip that were scheduled for the end of this month to mark the 48th anniversary of its founding.
Fatah officials in the Gaza Strip said they decided to cancel the celebrations because the Hamas government would not allow them to hold rallies in two of Gaza City's main squares.
Hamas has banned Fatah from holding major rallies in the Gaza Strip ever since the Islamist movement took control over the area in 2007.
Fatah, on the other hand, recently permitted Hamas to celebrate its anniversary in several West Bank cities for the first time since 2007.
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