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Tens of thousands attend rally in Gaza on Hamas anniversary

Dec. 10, 2016 6:56 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 10, 2016 6:56 P.M.)
Hamas rally in Gaza (Photo: Hamas official website)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Hamas movement continued to celebrate their 29th anniversary, with the movement releasing a statement Saturday saying that some 100,000 members and supporters took part in a rally held Friday in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayya addressed the crowds, saying that after 29 years, “Hamas remains strong and united and holds an unwavering commitment to resistance as the main option to confront the Israeli occupation and liberate Palestine,” according to the statement, adding that the movement “rejected all forms of normalization with the Israeli occupation.”

Al-Hayya called attention to the some 700,000 Palestinians that were displaced as a result of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, and called on “all Arabs and Muslims to provide a dignified shelter to Palestinian refugees until they return to their land.”

He reiterated Hamas’ condemnation of the Fatah movement, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority, for its “security collaboration” with Israel, urging the party to “immediately suspend political arrests.” He also called for the abolishing of the “ominous” Oslo accords, which he said have only brought “harm and disagreement” to Palestinians.

The rally came a day after a military show in the northern Gaza Strip was held by the Hamas movement’s armed wing the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, to mark the anniversary, when the Brigades presented and demonstrated several types of weapons and told the crowd that they were continuing to prepare for any Israeli aggression in the future.

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