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Gaza police force secures 2 celebrations for Fatah anniversary

Palestinians gather to mark the 53rd Foundation anniversary of Palestinian Fatah movement at Unknown Soldiers Monument in Gaza City, Gaza on December 31, 2017 [Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians gather to mark the 53rd Foundation anniversary of Palestinian Fatah movement at Unknown Soldiers Monument in Gaza City, Gaza on December 31, 2017 [Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency]

The Palestinian police force on Friday secured two separate celebrations in the Gaza Strip for the 57th anniversary of the Fatah movement, Spokesperson Iyad Al-Bozom announced in a statement.

The first celebration was organised in Al-Jundi Al-Majhoul park between 4.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.

According to the statement, the second celebration was organised in the main square in Gaza City and took place between 5.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.

The first celebration was organised by Fatah supporters commanded by dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan, while the second was organised by Fatah supporters loyal to Mahmoud Abbas.

In its statement, the Palestinian police said it had secured the anniversaries of Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine during the month of December.

"We stand at the same distance from all the Palestinian factions and maintain a good relationship with all of them," the statement read.

It is worth noting that allocating different times and places for both Fatah wings helped avoid clashes, as have happened several times in the past.

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