Paris, November 5 (AP) Thousands of Palestinian supporters demonstrated in the French capital Paris, the German capital Berlin and other European cities, demanding an end to the Israeli bombing of Gaza.
This demonstration reflects the growing dissatisfaction in Europe, especially in those countries where the Muslim population is large, regarding the increasing number of casualties in the Israel-Hamas war and the deepening humanitarian crisis.
The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said the number of Palestinians killed in the Israel-Hamas war has risen to 9,448.
24,173 Palestinians were injured in Gaza and 2,200 in the West Bank. More than 1,400 people have died in Israel. Most of these people died in the initial attack by Hamas on October 7. This war started after this attack.
These attacks have displaced about 250,000 Israelis and more than 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza. Apart from this, at least 241 people have been taken hostage in Gaza.
Thousands of protesters attended a rally in Paris to protest Israel’s retaliation in Gaza. Protesters called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and some chanted “Israel, killer”. Protesters blocked roads in central London chanting “ceasefire now” and “I believe we will win.”
Some protesters in Paris held banners reading “Stop the Genocide in Gaza” and many held Palestinian flags and chanted “Palestine will live, Palestine will win.”
Some protesters also targeted French President Emmanuel Macron, shouting slogans of “Macro’s collusion”.
The Paris police chief allowed demonstrations to take place on a certain route but said any behavior that was anti-Semitic or sympathetic to terrorism would not be tolerated.
There has been an increase in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe since Hamas’s attack on Israel on October 7.
Nearly 1,000 police officers were deployed in Berlin to ensure tight security after pro-Palestinian protests turned violent in the east.
German news agency ‘dpa’ reported that about 6,000 protesters marched through the center of the German capital. Police banned any public or written statements that were anti-Semitic or anti-Israel or glorified violence or terrorism.
As hundreds of people demonstrated in London, the Metropolitan Police said its officers had arrested 11 people.
Apart from this, thousands of people also demonstrated in Romania’s capital Bucharest and Italy’s Milan city.