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Fatah to celebrate 48th anniversary in Gaza on Jan. 4

Dec. 29, 2012 9:07 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 31, 2012 6:08 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Fatah will hold its 48th anniversary celebrations in Gaza on January 4, a PLO official said Saturday.

Nabil Shaath told Ma'an that celebrations will take place in al-Saraya square in Gaza City after Friday prayers. Preparations are in full swing, with bulldozers leveling the ground and technical teams setting up a large stage, Shaath said.

Fatah will take full responsibility for the event, including security arrangements, he added.

Hamas officials will deliver a speech at the festival and representatives from all Palestinian factions will attend.

Around 5,000 Fatah members in Gaza will participate in the celebrations, a senior Fatah official in Gaza said on Friday, and security at the events will be tightened to ensure celebrations go to plan.

Fatah was founded in 1965 by late President Yasser Arafat and has long been the dominant force in Palestinian politics and a cornerstone in the nationalist struggle.

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