Friday, 4 January 2013

Hundreds of thousands gather in Gaza for Fatah anniversary


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of thousands of Fatah supporters gathered in Gaza City on Friday to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the nationalist movement's founding, a Ma'an correspondent said.

Fatah supporters had been amassing at al-Saraya square in Gaza City since Thursday evening in preparation for the anniversary celebrations, with rallies taking place across the Gaza Strip overnight and into the early hours of Friday.

Senior Fatah leader Jamal Obeid told Ma'an that nearly one million people, both Fatah and non-Fatah supporters, gathered at al-Saraya square to join Fatah's anniversary celebrations, adding that the square had to be closed off.

Senior Fatah figures such as Jibril al-Rajoub, Osama al-Qawasmeh, Abu Ali Shaheen and Fadwa Barghouthi took part in the celebrations, with the message of Friday's events focusing on ending the division with Hamas and implementing national reconciliation. more

Gaza rallies ahead of Fatah anniversary


GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Palestinian supporters of Fatah started massing in the main squares in the Gaza Strip ahead of an official anniversary festival for the party on Friday.

A Ma'an correspondent said traffic was at a standstill around Saraya square in Gaza City on Thursday night, where flag-waving crowds gathered to celebrate Fatah's 48th year.

Supporters carried Fatah banners and chanted slogans of the party, in the first mass rally since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007.

Similar marches took places in cities across the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, witnesses told Ma'an. more