Palestinian war of words mars Arafat anniversary

Palestinian boys play next a wall bearing a mural of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on November 11, 2014, in the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza CityPalestinians marked 10 years since the mysterious death of their iconic leader Yasser Arafat on Tuesday but a war of words between rival factions Fatah and Hamas marred the anniversary. Internal tensions resulted in the cancellation of a rare memorial service in Gaza after Hamas said it could not provide security following a series of bomb blasts targeting leaders of the rival Fatah movement in the strip. President Mahmud Abbas, Arafat’s successor and the head of Fatah, accused the Islamist movement whose stronghold is in Gaza of trying “to destroy” efforts to broker national unity.

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