Ha­mas holds rally, de­nounces Is­rael

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

Hun­dreds of men and boys sport­ing the sig­na­ture green of the mil­i­tant Ha­mas fac­tion marched through the nar­row al­leys of the old city here Thurs­day af­ter­noon, call­ing for Pales­tinian unity but also re­newed at­tacks on Is­raeli cities, in the first pub­lic demon­stra­tion by the Is­lamist party al­lowed in the West Bank in years. The rally, to mark the 25th an­niver­sary of Ha­mas’ found­ing, was billed as a step to­ward rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with the ri­val Fatah fac­tion, which rules the Pales­tinian Author­ity and the West Bank. The two have been fiercely di­vided since Ha­mas’ vi­o­lent ouster of the Pales­tinian Author­ity from Gaza in 2007.

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