More Protests: World in Gaza Support Day

Thousands of people poured into the streets around the world on Friday, January 9, to protest unabated Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians in the bombed-out Gaza Strip.

"Gaza excuse us: opening Rafah is not in our hands," chanted Egyptian protestors, referring to Rafah crossing with Gaza, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Nearly 100,000 protestors marched through the coastal city of Alexandria following the Friday prayers to protest the Israeli blitz in Gaza.

"Down with Israel, and with it every collaborator," chanted the angry protestors.

In El-Arish, a coastal town close to Gaza, several thousands of people took to street following the Friday prayers in support of Gaza.

In Yemen, nearly 200,000 demonstrators marched across the streets of the capital Sanaa against the Israeli attacks.

"Death to America and Israel" and "Islam would win" were among the slogans chanted by the protestors.

Tens of thousands of people also protested following the Friday prayers in the southern port city of Aden.

In Qatar, prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, led a huge protest in support of Gaza.

The protestors criticized the world inaction on the Israeli attacks and called on Arab leader to act to stop the Israeli aggression.

Qaradawi has called on people worldwide to make Friday a "day of support" for Gaza.

In the occupied West Bank, thousands of people swept the streets to protest the Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians in Gaza.

In Iraq, thousands of people marched in several Iraqi cities to protest the Israeli assaults.

Nearly 800 Palestinians have been killed and more than 3,300 wounded in a two-week Israeli offensive in Gaza.

The Israeli government on Friday, decided to keep on its blitz in Gaza, despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Gaza Day

In Jordan, which has a peace treaty with Israel, nearly 2,000 protestors tried to march towards the Israeli embassy in the capital Amman, but were prevented by police.

"No Israel embassy on Arab territory" and "Arab rulers are cowards," chanted the protestors, wearing traditional Palestinian keffiyeh and carrying Palestinian and Jordanian flags.

The protestors also set up a symbolic cemetery with the word "Gazan" written on each "grave."

In Kuwait, nearly 3,000 Kuwaitis marched to the parliament building following the Friday prayers, chanting anti-Israel and pro-Gaza slogans.

Some 2,000 Syrians also marched in the capital Damascus, shouting slogans against Israeli assaults.

"Shame, shame, Arabs taking part in blockade," chanted the demonstrators, referring to Israel’s blockade imposed on the impoverished territory for more than 18 months.

In Kenya, police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse hundreds of Muslims who had gathered after Friday prayers to protest against the deadly Israeli attacks in Gaza.

"No to shedding innocent blood," "End the massacre in Gaza," "Israel, stop killing innocent people," read some of the placards.

In Europe, more than 2,000 demonstrated in Athens and Thessaloniki, setting fire to US and EU flags outside the US embassy and the Israeli flag outside the Israeli mission.

Smaller protests also took place in Bucharest, Vienna, Prague, and The Hague where the Dutch parliament’s foreign affairs committee debated the Gaza conflict.

Friday sermons in mosques across Europe focused on the Israeli attacks in Gaza and means of providing help to the defenseless Palestinian civilians.

In Asia, thousands of Malaysians marched to the US embassy in the capital Kuala Lumpur to protest the US bias to Israel.

Hundreds of Kashmiris also took to the streets in the Indian-controlled region to protest the Israeli assaults.

"Long live Palestine," chanted the protestors as they emerged from mosques following the Friday prayers.
( and Agencies)

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