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Muslims rally against Prophet cartoon in Gaza, Iraq, Kashmir

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Muslims continue their rallies all over the world to protest against French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s sacrilegious depiction of the Prophet of Islam.

On Wednesday, Muslims took to the streets in the besieged Gaza Strip, Iraq, and Kashmir to show their anger at the cartoon of the Prophet published in the French magazine.

Palestinian protesters held a rally in Gaza in condemnation of the blasphemous cartoon.

Similarly, thousands of people took part in a demo in the Iraqi capital Baghdad to vent their anger at the magazine’s disregard of Muslims’ feelings, saying the publication of the offensive picture of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is in fact a declaration of war against Islam.

Muslims in the Indian-administered Kashmir also took to the streets over the sacrilegious cartoon, chanting slogans against the French government. The protesters also lashed out at New Delhi for suppressing Muslims in the disputed territory.

The Kashmir rally turned violent after the Indian police used tear gas to disperse angry protesters.

Last week, five million copies of the new edition of Charlie Hebdo hit the newsstands, depicting a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad on the cover amid warnings that the move is provocative.

The French magazine has repeatedly provoked Muslim anger by publishing cartoons of the Prophet.

On January 7, the magazine’s offices in Paris came under an attack, during which 12 people were killed.

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