State of Palestine: Hundreds of thousands join anniversary of Arafat’s death for first time in 10 years

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered at Al Saraya square in Gaza City on Saturday to honor the death of Palestinian Authority leader and Al Fatah's founder Yasser Arafat for the first time since Hamas took over the territory in 2007. The crowd waved the yellow flags of the nationalist Al Fatah foundation and held up banners portraying Arafat's face. Over the past decade, Gaza has been... Еще under Hamas control, prohibiting the celebration of Arafat's anniversary. The Fatah-Hamas reconciliation last month paved the way to allow this event to take place in Gaza. One of the participants explained that this celebration sends a message to across the globe, that «unity is the basis, and that Gaza must return to legitimacy in the light of security and stability with the participation of all», while another said that «Gaza has the right to live in security and stability.» Arafat died in Paris on November 11, 2004. The Palestinian leader and founder of Fatah movement was under siege by Israel's military in his Ramallah headquarters. Palestinians have accused Israel of poisoning Arafat after a team of Swiss forensic experts found traces of the highly poisonous polonium radioactive material on his body.

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