Thursday, 3 January 2013

Fatah, Hamas meet in Gaza ahead of party anniversary


GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday convened Hamas and Fatah delegations ahead of the first Fatah rally in the Gaza Strip since the parties' bitter division.

Fatah will hold its 48th anniversary celebrations in al-Saraya square, Gaza City on Friday.

It will be the first time that Hamas has allowed Fatah to hold such events since seizing the coastal enclave from the secular faction in 2007. Fatah also permitted a Hamas anniversary rally in the West Bank earlier this month for the first time in six years.

Haniyeh welcomed a Fatah delegation, including senior official Nabil Shaath, ahead of the event to discuss security arrangements. more