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Palestinians Rally To Unite The West Bank And Gaza


Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas heads one part of the Palestinian territories.
Thousands of Palestinians are holding parallel rallies for unity in the West Bank and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip today.

An estimated 25,000 demonstrators marched in Gaza City. Some 8,000 rallied in Ramallah, in the West Bank.

The rallies were planned by young activists on the Facebook social network who are demanding an end to the division between the Fatah and Hamas factions.

The West Bank is governed by the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, while Hamas remains in power in Gaza.

Today's rallies were inspired by a recent wave of popular uprisings in Arab countries that brought down the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt and sparked revolt in Libya.

compiled from agency reports