Fatah movement marks 55th anniversary

Thousands of supporters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas-led Fatah movement marked on Tuesday its 55th anniversary in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Abbas kindled the flame to start the activities to mark the 55th anniversary of the establishment of Fatah, the largest faction of the multi-party Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

The celebration was held near the tomb of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, founder of the faction, with the participation of senior officials of the faction and the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas said that the Palestinian revolution, which started in 1965, is still going on until today “and will continue until achieving victory.”

“Many expected that we will finish on the first day or the first year, and many conspiracies had been plotted against us, but instead of being finished, we found ourselves stronger than before,” said Abbas.

Mahmoud al-Aloul, a deputy chief of Fatah, said that the faction and the Palestinian revolution are celebrating the past 55 years which was “full of sacrifices and victories.”

Earlier Tuesday, thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in Ramallah, waving the faction’s yellow flags and the Palestinian national flags. Similar rallies and celebration were also held in various West Bank towns and cities.