Thursday, Feb. 21
Latest News
  1. Israeli settlers attack Palestinian school in Urif
  2. Palestinians perform prayers at sealed Al-Aqsa gate
  3. France threatens to boycott Eurovision over Israeli TV series
  4. Israeli forces detain 19 Palestinians in West Bank raids
  5. Israeli forces confiscate road roller, excavator in Yatta
  6. Israeli settlers repeatedly beat Palestinian shepherds in Hebron
  7. Israeli forces deliver stop-construction notice in Hebron
  8. Israeli warplanes fire missiles over central Gaza
  9. Israeli forces injure fisherman, detain four others in Gaza
  10. Israeli settlers vandalize Palestinian vehicles in Ramallah

Fatah: Hamas bans Abbas support festival in Gaza

March 16, 2014 2:36 P.M. (Updated: March 17, 2014 9:52 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gaza Ministry of Interior has banned a Fatah festival in support of President Mahmoud Abbas, a Fatah official said Sunday.

Fatah Central Committee Member Amal Hamad said that Hamas' decision to ban the festival -- which was to take place in Gaza City's Square of the Unknown Soldier --- was damaging to the Palestinian cause.

Hamad said the ban weakened negotiations, which she said were a form of resistance.

"It is time for Hamas to side with the Palestinian people ... who defend their rights and hold on to their national principles," she said.

A spokeswoman for the Hamas movement did not answer calls seeking comment.

The division between Fatah and Hamas began in 2006, when Hamas won Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between the two Palestinian factions, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.

The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have as of yet been entirely unimplemented.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015