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Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas lights a flame as thousands of Palestinians look on, on the eve of the 48th anniversary of the formation on the Fatah movement, on December 31, 2012, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Fatah anniversary commemorates the first operation against Israel claimed by its armed  wing then known as Al-Assifa (The Thunderstorm in Arabic) on January 1, 1965. Photo by Thaer Ganaim