Crowd for 48 anniversary of al-Fatah overflows Gaza square

Abu Mazen speaks by telephone; Haniyeh may also participate

04 January, 12:06

Fatha rally marking the 48th anniversary Fatha rally marking the 48th anniversary

(ANSAmed) - Gaza - An massive crowd overflowed downtown Gaza's main square and all of its nearby streets for the 48-year anniversary celebration of the foundation of al-Fatah. It is the first time al-Fatah has been allowed to hold a demonstration of this kind since Hamas took control of Gaza by force in 2007.

Friday's agenda includes the telephonic intervention of  Abu Mazen, Presidente of Palestinian National Authority  and greetings from various Palestine political factions, including Hamas. According to a tentative programme, the executive head of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, may also participate.

The celebrations, due to last a few hours, will include the performance of a well-known Palestinian folkloric ensemble, which arrived for the occasion last night.

Many Gaza residents spent the night camped in cars parked near the square, which on Friday morning was full of yellow al-Fatah flags. On the margins of the zone where the celebrations took place, Hamas police held vigil to keep public order. (ANSAmed).

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