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Fatah and Hamas approve commemoration programmes in West Bank and Gaza

Fatah and Hamas continue to take practical steps on the ground to create a climate for the implementation of the national reconciliation agreement to bring an end to the Palestinian division in place since mid-2007. Both factions have agreed to allow the other to organise celebrations to commemorate their founding in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip; this will happen for the first time since the split occurred.


The Palestinian Authority security services have granted permission for Hamas to hold its celebrations in the occupied West Bank. Similarly, Hamas has given permission for Fatah to commemorate the 48th anniversary of its founding with an event in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas branches in Hebron and Nablus in the occupied West Bank have called for the widest possible participation in the events which will be organised next Thursday and Friday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Islamic Resistance Movement.

In Nablus, the event will begin on late afternoon Thursday with a march from El-Nasr Mosque to the Martyrs' Roundabout. There, participants will listen to speeches by representatives of the various groups and factions taking part.

In Hebron, the commemorative event will start with a march after Friday prayers at El-Haras Mosque. A similar programme of speeches will then take place at the Ibn Rushd roundabout in the city.

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