Saturday, 5 January 2013

Mashaal applauds Gaza government for facilitating Fatah festival


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas chief-in-exile Khaled Mashaal and deputy chief Mousa Abu Marzouq praised the Gaza government on Saturday for their organization of Fatah's anniversary celebrations.

The Hamas leaders made the comments during a phone call with Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh, describing the movement's position to allow the festival as "expressing a great national position."

Fatah officials said that hundreds of thousands of people attended the celebrations in Gaza City's al-Saraya square on Friday, which saw a recorded speech by Fatah leader president Abbas played to the crowds.

"Soon we will achieve unity and end the occupation, raising the Palestinian flag over Al-Aqsa mosque and Jerusalem," Abbas said. more

Egypt seizes US-made missiles en-route to Gaza


EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security forces seized a stash of US-made missiles on Friday in the Sinai peninsula, Ma'an's correspondent said.

Egyptian security sources told Ma'an that they believe the weapons were ready to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip via underground tunnels.

The six anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles were stored in a remote desert area in north Sinai, with security forces forming a committee to seize the weaponry.

It is thought the weapons were most likely smuggled into Egypt via Libya, in an agreement that they would eventually be transferred into Gaza, security sources said.

Egyptian security forces are trying to reassert control over the Sinai, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip and which has suffered from lawlessness since the revolt that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. more