World Bulletin / News Desk
Thousands of Gazans staged on Friday a demonstration to support Hamas' call on new leadership as protestors weared Turkish flags and carried Tayyip Erdogan's pictures in Jabaliya rally.
The Islamist Hamas group is calling for new leadership for Palestinians to replace the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) dominated by its rival President Mahmoud Abbas and the factions loyal to him.
Claiming victory in Israel's 22-day war in Gaza, Hamas is keeping on the control of the enclave and voicing its central political challenge to Fatah faction, reported Reuters.
Several thousand Hamas supporters rallied in Gaza on Friday in support of the call to abolish the PLO, made two days ago by the group's exiled leader, Khaled Meshaal.
In the first public appearance by a prominent Gaza Hamas leader since Israel's attacked on Dec 27, Hayya said the PLO was "dead", and sent to the "morgue" by those who founded it.
Meanwhile many Palestinians held the pictures of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Jabalya in northern Gaza as walked on the posters of Israeli and world leaders who failed to condemn and prevent Israeli deadly assault on Gaza.
Some Palestinians weared Turkish flags around their necks shout anti-Israeli violence slogans during the rally.
The last Israeli offensive killed more than 1300 Palestinians, a third of them children, and wounded at least 5300 in Gaza. It targeted hospitals, mosques, schools and destroyed infrastructure system.
Hamas hailed Erdogan on Friday for storming off the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos the previous day over President Shimon Peres remarks over the Gaza assault.
Erdogan's comments Gaza during panel on Thursday were also praised by Islamic Jihad as bold and honest, Palestinian news agency reported.
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Meshaal advocates a new umbrella body to represent Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and in the diaspora. His proposal was echoed in similar statements to cheering crowds on Friday by a senior Hamas political leader, Khalil al-Hayya.
PLO is "dead"
"It is high time the Palestinian people have a new leadership. We are moving forward to shoulder the causes of refugees and Jerusalem. We will not cede our rights," Hayya said.
"It is high time our people see a new, wise leadership that upholds resistance and the rifle."
Meshaal, the group's top leader, lives in exile in Damascus. He and other leaders of the group had said Hamas could accept a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders, which changed after West attempted to create Israel state, that was not exist before, occupying Palestinian territory.
Meshaal now says factions allied to his group have already begun discussions over the formation of a "national steering committee" to represent Palestinians everywhere.
"The PLO, in its current form, has become incapable of serving the Palestinian people and has become a tool to deepen divisions," he said in a speech in Qatar this week.