Palestinians have staged massive demonstrations in the Hamas-administered Gaza Strip and the Fatah-run West Bank, calling for unity among the rival factions.
Thousands of Palestinians on Tuesday hit the streets of Gaza’s Square of the Unknown Soldier, where they demanded that long bickering Hamas and Fatah movements bridge their differences, AFP reported.
"No to division! …Revolution, revolution until we end the division!" chanted demonstrators who were carrying Palestinian flags.
Meanwhile, Palestine’s democratically elected Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh publicly invited Fatah leader, acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas, to an immediate meeting in Gaza … to start national dialogue in order to achieve reconciliation.
Also in the West Bank, thousands of demonstrators gathered in central Ramallah, with similar rallies held in the northern city of Nablus and al-Khalil (Hebron) in the south.
The Tuesday demonstrations, called by the March 15 protest movement, were organized through Facebook by young activists demanding an end to division between Palestinians.
The gatherings were also joined by leaders from different Palestinian factions. There were no sign of parties’ flags, but only Palestinian flags flying overhead.
The youth activists organizing the Palestinian movement say they have no political affiliation but to patch up rival factions in Palestine.