Hamas permitted the rally to go ahead as the climax of a week of Gaza festivities celebrating the 48th anniversary of Fatah taking up arms against Israel.
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The only crowds are those gathered in mosques mourning the dead, or queuing outside bakeries to stock up on bread
He also warned Israel that its assault risked escalating tensions in the region
Israel carried out more than 20 air strikes and sea artillery attacks on the Palestinian territory