Arab and foreign media websites monitored more than fifty marches in cities around the world, including New York, Paris and Sydney, as well as in Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Malaysia, Yemen, in solidarity with the Gaza Strip. The media sources expected that the number of global protests and the anti-Israel marches will be growing in case the aggression continued.
A mass rally condemning the aggression on Gaza was launched from Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo after Friday prayers as protesters demanded severing relations with Israel, and adopting a clear Arab and Islamic position that includes expelling Israeli ambassadors from Arab countries.
The demonstrators headed to the Tahrir Square in the capital while other marches were launched from many other mosques, as in Alexandria where demonstrators demanded the prosecution of Israeli leaders, the closure of the Embassy of Israel in Cairo and the cancellation of treaties and agreements signed with it.
Many demonstrations, also denouncing the Israeli aggression on Gaza, took place in a number of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, as the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in Sidon, where demonstrators roamed the streets, raising Palestinian flags and calling for confronting Israel.
Scores of people gathered outside the United Nations offices in the capital Beirut, to protest against the Israeli occupation’s attacks. They raised the Lebanese flag and the flags of Palestinian resistance factions, chanted anti-Israel slogans and called on Arab Spring countries to support the Palestinians.
In Yemen, massive protests started after Friday prayers in the capital Sana’a and other cities, as thousands gathered in an event they called “Together to support Palestine”, denouncing the aggression, and calling for a unified Arab moves regarding the suffering of the Strip.
Al-Jazeera Net’s correspondent in Malaysia reported that hundreds of Malaysians in the capital Kuala Lumpur participated in solidarity demonstration called for by charitable foundations and non-governmental organizations. The protestors gathered in front of the U.S. embassy and declared their protest to the “unlimited American support for the Zionist entity in its aggression on Gaza.”
Thousands of people demonstrated throughout Turkey after Friday prayers in solidarity with Gaza. The official news agency Anatolia stated that Istanbul witnessed two demonstrations, as demonstrators raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans condemning Israel.
Many states in Turkey witnessed several events and demonstrations, as protesters chanted against the attacks on Gaza, and called on the Turkish authorities to assume responsibilities towards the Palestinian cause and to boycott the Israeli goods.
According to Iranian media, tens of thousands of Iranians also staged demonstrations across the country after Friday prayers and chanted “Death to the Zionist entity” and “Death to America”, and expressed their solidarity with the people of Gaza.
Meanwhile, Palestinians from the 1948-occupied territories marched yesterday after Friday prayers in support of the steadfastness and resistance of the citizens of Gaza and to condemn the Israeli aggression against them.
Hundreds of people, including men, women and children, took part in the marches which were launched from all the cities of the 1948 occupied territories. The members of different political parties and movements and a number of leaders also participated in the demonstrations.