Palestinians Urge Reconciliation, Unity

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have held a rally, calling for reconciliation between the political groups and a national unity government.

Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza from various political factions took to the streets on Friday and marched towards the Palestinian Legislative Council, demanding an end to the internal Palestinian division, a Press TV correspondent reported from Gaza.

Demonstrators carried only Palestinian flags and chanted slogans, calling for Palestinian unity and an end to the current split between Hamas and Fatah movements.

Saleh Nasser, a member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) said at the rally, "We are all united under the same Palestinian flag. We want an end to the political division and we want unity."

Protestors called on both Fatah and Hamas movements to bury their political differences and work toward reconciliation.

The rally was boycotted by the Fatah movement and the left-wing People’s Party.

The Fatah movement said it was not invited to join the rally, while the People’s Party said the rally was politicized by other political factions.

Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman Ihab al-Ghussein said the rally indicates that Hamas respects the freedom of speech.

There have been various efforts to narrow the division between the Fatah and Hamas movements, which has undermined the Palestinian cause. But, to date, no solid compromise has been achieved.

Khalid al-Batsh, leader of Islamic Jihad said, "This is the national unity rally and that people want an end to the differences. All factions should put aside their differences and work towards unity."

Everyone in Gaza hopes Palestinians will unite and stand together as one nation, in the face of growing external threats.

Today’s event came in light of the growing demand by all Palestinian people to end the political divisions in the country.

(Press TV)

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