Celebrations Break Out Across Gaza And The West Bank As Palestinians Celebrate The Unity Deal

Thursday May 05, 2011 11:00 by Kevin Murphy – International Middle East Media Center

Celebrations have broken out across Gaza and the West Bank as Palestinians celebrate the unity deal between Fatah and Hamas. The deal ends a four year divide between the factions.

Maan news agency reports that in Gaza City around 300 people waving Palestinian flags gathered to mark the event. The Palestinian News Network has reported similar celebrations in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

In Ramallah Hamas officials have appeared on Palestinian TV for the first time in several years. In Gaza, the station began broadcasting again for the first time since a four year ban. Fatah flags, which had also been banned by the Hamas administration since the split, could also be seen among the celebrations in Gaza.

Al Jazzera have shown interviews of families of the victims of the 2007 conflict between the factions, where 100 people died, welcoming the deal.

The unity deal came as a result of pressure from the Palestinian people inspired by the events unfolding across the Middle East.

The celebrations did not go off without incident however. Israeli soldiers attacked a non violent procession in Nabi Seleh near the West Bank town of Nablus.

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