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Hamas to Allow Fatah to Celebrate Anniversary in Gaza

The Gaza branch of the Fatah party will mark its anniversary in the Hamas-ruled enclave after an accord between the two factions.

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Elad Benari, Canada,

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
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The Gaza branch of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party said on Friday it will mark its anniversary in the Hamas-ruled enclave after an accord between the two factions, AFP reported.

"We have agreed with (Hamas) prime minister Ismail Haniyeh that Fatah will celebrate its 48th anniversary on January 1 at the site of the Saraya" complex where its security forces were based, Fatah official Yehiye Rabba said, according to AFP.

The last time that Fatah, which governs the PA-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria, held celebrations in Gaza to mark its foundation was in 2007.

Hamas and Fatah have been at odds since Hamas violently seized control of Gaza in June 2007.

Under Egyptian mediation, the two groups reached a unity agreement in April 2011 but it has so far faltered as the parties spar over its implementation.

During Israel’s recent Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, the two factions appeared to be getting closer, announcing they have decided to end infighting. The Palestinian Authority later announced it will release Hamas-affiliated detainees as a goodwill gesture to boost reconciliation efforts.

Abbas said earlier this month it was time to seal a reconciliation with Hamas.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)