Hamas celebrates anniversary in war-damaged Gaza
The Islamic militant group Hamas is marking the anniversary of its 1987 founding with celebrations in the Gaza Strip, AP reported.
The organization hopes to show it still has support despite four years of rule that have led Gaza into war, poverty and isolation.
Gaza is decked out in Islamic green, with Hamas flags fluttering from roofs and lampposts. Hamas' radio and TV stations are exhorting Gazans to attend a mass rally after midday prayers.
Since last year's anniversary celebrations, Hamas has suffered several setbacks, key among them Israel's military offensive against Gaza last winter.
Hamas has been unable to rebuild homes and infrastructure destroyed in the assault because Israel and Egypt continue to enforce a border blockade.