Hamas flags waved in marches throughout West Bank in honor of 'Truce Friday'.
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The EU announced a $124 million funds transfer to the Palestinian Authority as hundreds of Palestinians marched through the West Bank Friday in support of a truce agreement signed between Hamas and Fatah. Leaders from both factions participated in what was described as 'Truce Friday'.
In Ramallah the celebrations followed Friday prayer services at the al-Bira mosque. Palestinian police secured the rally that took place at the central Manara Square.
Hamas organized additional rallies in Tulkarem and Hebron, during which members of the group gave speeches lauding the deal.
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Dimitri Diliani told Ynet his organization was unfazed by Hamas flags being waved in public. "The fact that Hamas members are publically protesting in the West Bank does not disturb us, on the contrary – it is natural and good, and a part of the truce agreement," he said.
"Marches like this only prove that the agreement is a success," Diliani added, rejecting the idea that support for Hamas in the West Bank would diminish support for Fatah.
The weekly anti-fence protests at the West Bank villages of Bilin and Naalin also took place under the auspices of the reconciliation. Before protesters headed towards the fence they were treated to speeches by religious officials. In Gaza more of the same took place after Friday prayer services.
On Thursday a Hamas march was held in Nablus – the first of its kind in four years, during which the factions wallowed in rivalry. Sheikh Hamed Bitawi, Hamas's spiritual leader in the city and one of the top religious leaders in the West Bank, participated in the march.
But some were seen to oppose the long-awaited reconciliation. At the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem the Palestinian Freedom Movement held a protest against the deal after Friday prayer services.
"The Egyptian truce document does not serve Islamic goals," says a manifesto published by the movement, known as a radical Islamist party which opposes secular rule in the West Bank. "The document is part of an American plan to eliminate the Palestinian issue."
Photos - Friday rally in Ramallah (EPA)
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