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West Bank - Hamas Stages New Marches In Rivals Terrritory

Published on: December 14, 2012 11:07 AM
By: AP
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A Palestinian boy holds a toy gun during a rally marking the 25th anniversary of the Hamas foundation in the West bank town of Ramallah, 14 December 2012. The Islamist movement held its first rally in the West Bank on 13 December, after a five-year ban, celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding. The rally was made possible after the Palestinian Authority lifted the ban enforced since June 2007 when Hamas fighters took over the Gaza Strip after a short battle with Fatah-backed security forces.  EPA/ATEF SAFADIA Palestinian boy holds a toy gun during a rally marking the 25th anniversary of the Hamas foundation in the West bank town of Ramallah, 14 December 2012. The Islamist movement held its first rally in the West Bank on 13 December, after a five-year ban, celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding. The rally was made possible after the Palestinian Authority lifted the ban enforced since June 2007 when Hamas fighters took over the Gaza Strip after a short battle with Fatah-backed security forces.  EPA/ATEF SAFADI

West Bank - Hamas has staged new rallies in the West Bank, one day after thousands of its activists turned out for the first marches there by the militant group there in five years.

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Friday’s marches in several cities appeared larger than Thursday’s demonstrations, the first in the Palestinian territory since the 2007 split in which Hamas seized Gaza and the secular-leaning Fatah was left in control of the West Bank.

The rivals have been making overtures toward each other since last month, when Hamas fought an eight-day conflict with Israel and the West Bank’s Western-backed president Mahmoud Abbas won U.N. recognition of a de facto Palestinian state.

Marchers chanted for Hamas to bomb Israel. Hamas’ leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, addressed crowds by phone - an unusual concession by Fatah.


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