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Thousands attend rallies marking Fatah's 48th anniversary

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party on Friday held a mass rally in Gaza

Thousands attend rallies marking Fatah's 48th anniversary
Palestinian protesters carry Fatah party flags during a march organised by residents of the West Bank village Nabi Saleh to protest against the expansion of Jewish settlements on Palestinian land, on January 4, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party on Friday held a mass rally in Gaza, their first since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands attend rallies marking Fatah's 48th anniversary
Waving national flags (R) and Fatah's yellow banners, hundreds of thousands of supporters of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party held on January 4, 2013 their first mass rally in Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. Hamas, in a sign of reconciliation with Fatah, permitted the rally to go ahead as the climax of a week of Gaza festivities celebrating the 48th anniversary of Fatah taking up arms against Israel. (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands attend rallies marking Fatah's 48th anniversary
Waving Fatah's yellow flags, hundreds of thousands of supporters of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party hold on January 4, 2013 their first mass rally in Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. Hamas, in a sign of reconciliation with Fatah, permitted the rally to go ahead as the climax of a week of Gaza festivities celebrating the 48th anniversary of Fatah taking up arms against Israel. (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands attend rallies marking Fatah's 48th anniversary
Waving Fatah's yellow flags, hundreds of thousands of supporters of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party hold on January 4, 2013 their first mass rally in Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. Hamas, in a sign of reconciliation with Fatah, permitted the rally to go ahead as the climax of a week of Gaza festivities celebrating the 48th anniversary of Fatah taking up arms against Israel. (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands attend rallies marking Fatah's 48th anniversary
Waving Fatah's yellow banners, veiled women supporting Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party take part on January 4, 2013 in Fatah's first mass rally in Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. Hamas, in a sign of reconciliation with Fatah, permitted the rally to go ahead as the climax of a week of Gaza festivities celebrating the 48th anniversary of Fatah taking up arms against Israel. (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands attend rallies marking Fatah's 48th anniversary
Waving Fatah's yellow banners, veiled supporters of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party take part on January 4, 2013 in Fatah's first mass rally in Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. Hamas, in a sign of reconciliation with Fatah, permitted the rally to go ahead as the climax of a week of Gaza festivities celebrating the 48th anniversary of Fatah taking up arms against Israel. (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands attend rallies marking Fatah's 48th anniversary
Waving Fatah's yellow flags on the top of a wall, young supporters of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party hold on January 4, 2013 their first mass rally in Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. Hamas, in a sign of reconciliation with Fatah, permitted the rally to go ahead as the climax of a week of Gaza festivities celebrating the 48th anniversary of Fatah taking up arms against Israel. (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands attend rallies marking Fatah's 48th anniversary
Waving national flags and Fatah's yellow banners, hundreds of thousands of supporters of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas's party held on January 4, 2013 their first mass rally in Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. Hamas, in a sign of reconciliation with Fatah, permitted the rally to go ahead as the climax of a week of Gaza festivities celebrating the 48th anniversary of Fatah taking up arms against Israel. (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands attend rallies marking Fatah's 48th anniversary
Waving national flags (R) and Fatah's yellow banners, hundreds of thousands of supporters of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party held on January 4, 2013 their first mass rally in Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. Hamas, in a sign of reconciliation with Fatah, permitted the rally to go ahead as the climax of a week of Gaza festivities celebrating the 48th anniversary of Fatah taking up arms against Israel. (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands attend rallies marking Fatah's 48th anniversary
Waving Fatah's yellow flags on the top of a building, supporters of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party hold on January 4, 2013 their first mass rally in Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. Hamas, in a sign of reconciliation with Fatah, permitted the rally to go ahead as the climax of a week of Gaza festivities celebrating the 48th anniversary of Fatah taking up arms against Israel. (AFP/Getty Images)