Palestinians rally in Gaza in protest against UAE-Israeli peace deal

Source: Xinhua| 2020-08-19 20:35:59|Editor: huaxia

GAZA, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Palestinians on Wednesday rallied in Gaza in protest against the U.S.-sponsored peace deal between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.

The demonstration, organized by Palestinian factions, took place in front of the headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in central Gaza city.

The demonstrators marched toward the Ansar square in western Gaza, waving Palestinian flags and carrying banners.

Different factions, including Fatah party, Islamic Hamas movement, Islamic Jihad movement and the leftist groups, joined the mass rally.

Ahmed Helles, a member of Fatah's Central Committee, who joined the protests in eastern Gaza, said that "the Palestinians' stance is unified," adding that "we will confront all attempts aiming to end our just issue."

"The UAE-Israeli normalization deal is denying all Palestinian rights, Palestinian land, as well as the issue of Jerusalem," Helles explained, stressing that "the Palestinians have several chances to act against the deal."

Meanwhile, Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza, told Xinhua that "our people have proven that they can challenge all attempts that aim to end our issue."

He stressed that all Palestinian factions must be united to create a national strategy to confront the Israeli occupation, as well as the normalization deals with it.

On Aug. 13, Israel and the UAE reached an agreement, brokered by the U.S., to work towards a "full normalization of relations." Enditem