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Palestine: Gaza Celebrates Hamas/Fatah Reconciliation

Palestinian rival factions Fatah and Hamas ended their bitter feud today, in a reconciliation deal brokered in Cairo, Egypt.

News of the deal, which will unite the Gaza Strip, which had been under Hamas’ control, and the West Bank, which was under the grip of the Fatah movement, was welcomed with celebrations in Gaza.

Palestinians attend a rally celebrating the planned signing of a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, in Gaza City. Image by Nayef Hashlamoun - ALWATAN Center, copyright Demotix (04/05/2011).

Palestinians attend a rally celebrating the planned signing of a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, in Gaza City. Image by Nayef Hashlamoun – ALWATAN Center, copyright Demotix (04/05/2011).

Here are some reactions from Twitter.

Omar Gaza reports:

Fire works in broad day light and till now sparkling in #Gaza sky celebrating the unity & #reconciliation

Lina, from Live from Gaza tweets:

Gaza is living the reconciliation euphoria #Hamas #fatah #Palestine

Mahmoud Al Kahlout, from Al Nasr City, Gaza, adds:

Division should go to hell forever #Gaza #WestBank #Fateh #Hamas #Palestine #PalUnity

Gaza medical student Fatma F.Q. says:

Congratulations to ALL PALESTINIAN for our UNITY :) #Mosala7a

and asks [ar]:

#mosala7aطيب .. هل لرحيل مبارك عن الحكم ، دور بهالتطورات في الجهود المصريه! !
Fine… has the departure of Mubarak had anything to do with the fast paced Egyptian efforts?

And Asmaa Al Ghoul reminds [ar] us:

الناس بدها عُرس لتشبع فيه رقص..
People just want a wedding to fulfill their need to dance

She continues:

مبروك الضفة ..مبروك غزة
Congrats to the West Bank…Congrats Gaza

But it seems that not everyone is happy.

On Hamas, Sam Halaby notes:

#Hamas: you're a headache. Maybe if you stopped giving #Israel every excuse to blockade you, like firing rockets, maybe you'd have peace.

Sarah, who tweets as @Jnobiyeh, adds:

Hamas didn't just sign a “unity” deal with collaborationist Fatah today, it signed the death certificate of its resistance to #Israel.

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