Supporters of the Palestinian president have put on a show of force in Gaza. Tens of thousands of Fatah members have attended a rally, celebrating the 42nd anniversary of the once dominant movement. The rally comes a day after President Mahmoud Abbas declared a security force of the governing Hamas Islamist group illegal.
Tensions have been growing between the two factions after the president called for early elections to break a deadlock over security issues. Hamas rejected Abbas’s comments about its security force, vowing to double its size to 12,000.