Thousands across Middle East condemn Israel
Thousands of angry activists converged Sunday in Beirut and Istanbul to protest Israel’s airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
In Yemen, officials said anti-Israel demonstrators attacked numerous Jewish homes in Omran, smashing windows and pelting them with rocks.
Several hundred Jordanians shouting “death to Israel” protested against the Gaza offensive in two separate demonstrations in central Amman, the Jordanian capital.
Other large demonstrations were also staged in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir and the West Bank.
Gathered in a historic Blue Mosque in Kabul, speakers described Israel attacks as barbaric and called on the international community to help stop the violence.
“Killing innocent civilians including women and children by Zionist forces is an open violation of human rights and deserve strong condemnation by the international community,” one of the speaker stressed in his speech.
In Turkey, more than 5,000 people held an anti-Israel rally in Istanbul, waving Palestinian flags and burning effigies of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President George W. Bush.
Arab League leaders have agreed to meet Wednesday to discuss a reaction to the Israeli airstrikes, which were prompted by missile and mortar attacks out of the Gaza Strip after a ceasefire expired on December 19.
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