Anti-Israeli rallies held across world

Anti-Israeli rallies held across world

Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:1PM GMT

Anti-Israeli rallies have been held across the world as Tel Aviv continues its deadly offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Sunday, thousands of people in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and many other cities across the world, including Asian and Middle Eastern ones, took the streets to condemn Israel’s ongoing atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza.

In Paris, scores of protesters clashed with riot police who fired tear gas at them.

On Friday, French authorities banned pro-Palestinian groups from holding anti-Israeli rallies for security reasons.

French President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Niger that he backed the protest ban.

Also, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he welcomed the Paris police’s move and advised other cities across France to consider banning anti-Israeli protests.

In Vienna, around 11,000 people took to the streets to condemn the Israeli army’s “massacre” of Palestinians.

In Amsterdam, at least 3,000 people staged a pro-Palestinian demonstration, calling for an end to the Israeli offensive against Gaza.

The demonstrators marched through the city center, carrying signs including “Stop the war”.

“It just has to stop. Children are being killed and they are innocent,” said a protester.

“I don’t understand why the world is silent, why no one says anything, it just has to end,” the protester added.

Israel began its latest onslaught against Palestinians in the coastal enclave on July 8.

According to figures provided by emergency services, the total number of people killed since the beginning of the operation stands at 469. More than 3,000 people have also been injured in the attacks.

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