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October 9, 2023 11:47 AM IST

Demonstrators rally in various nations to support Palestinians

Hamas | Gaza | Israel-Palestine conflict | Sanaa | Pro Palestine support | Yemen

World seems to divide on Israel-Palestine conflict. Western countries are supporting Israel and condemning the attack by Hamas while Arab world and Islamic countries are showing support for Palestine.

In U.S, mixed support is coming out. Hundreds of Palestinian-Americans and pro-Palestine supporters marched in downtown Chicago, Illinois, on October 8 calling for the U.S. government to stop being an ally to Israel.

Protesters called on the international community to end its “silence” on Palestine, adding that U.S. citizens needed to raise their voices in support.

Chicago and its suburbs are home to the largest Palestinian diaspora in the United States of America.

Dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered at Times Square in New York City on Sunday, expressing opposition to the U.S.’ support of Israel.

Some protesters carried banners saying “End U.S. aid” and “Resistance is not terrorism.” On Saturday (October 7), New York Governor Kathy Hochul condemned plans for such demonstrations, saying they were “morally repugnant.”

In Pakistan, protesters gathered at a rally in countries’s biggest city on October 8 to express solidarity with the Palestinian people, after Israel pounded the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, killing hundreds.

In one protest, organised by a group called Palestine Foundation Pakistan outside Karachi Press Club, the protesters stepped on and burned U.S. and Israeli flags.

In another protest in the evening, organised by a Shi’ite group Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM), men and women marched through the streets, holding Palestinian flags and pictures of Shi’ite leaders.

Pakistan has no diplomatic relations with Israel.

In Yemen, thousands of participants took part in a rally in Sanaa, Yemen to support Hamas’ “Al Aqsa flood operation” on October 7 while tens of others gathered in Kuwait City for the same reason.

Participants chanted in support of Gaza, al-Aqsa mosque and Hamas while waving Palestinian flags.

(Inputs from Reuters)

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