Palestinians rally in Gaza against Israeli eviction order

21:51, April 21, 2010      

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Hundreds of Palestinians rallied on Wednesday near an Israeli crossing point in northern Gaza Strip, protesting against the Israeli order that allowed army to evict people from the West Bank.

Representatives of rival Hamas and Fatah movements attended the rally near Erez terminal which connects the Gaza Strip and Israel and is only open to foreigners, patients and people with special arrangements.

The demonstrators tried to express unity by waving the flags of the Palestinians, rather than the flags of their own factions. One of the banners read "Hand by hand, we face the Israeli expulsion decision."

Thousands of Palestinians might be expelled from the West Bank under the Israeli order which took effect last week, including those who fled to the area when Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, as well as those who are originally born outside the West Bank, including their children even if the latter are born inside the region.

Hisham Abdul Razek, a leader of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, said this demonstration aimed to bring Palestinians together to stand against the Israeli decision to expel "our fellow Palestinian citizens from the West Bank to Gaza."

Ayman Taha, a Hamas official, said that the Palestinians should face the Israeli decision with unity, adding "we all should come together to stand solid in front of the Israeli occupation and its aggression against us."

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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