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Police, Pro-Palestinian Protesters Tangle in Athens Over Gaza War

ATHENS – Protests in a number of countries denouncing Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip in a hunt for the terrorists who killed more than 1200 Israelis – including children and babies – spread to Athens where demonstrators clashed with police.

That came after Israel’s military began a ground and air operation in part of eastern Rafah where Palestinians are trapped at the Egyptian border and have nowhere else to go, the Gaza Strip being blockaded.

Almost 35,000 Palestinians have been killed during the war and protests against Israel have spread across American university campuses and strained relations with the United States, which nevertheless still backs Israel.

More than 300 people carried Palestinian flags and banners reading “Hands off Rafah!” rallied outside the Parliament building in the Greek capital. “We are here in solidarity and we will respond any time the Palestinians call (for solidarity),” said protester Antonis Davanellos, a 60-year old pensioner, reported Reuters.

Solidarity rally for Palestine at Syntagma Square, Athens, Tuesday May 7 2024. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Kostas Tzoumas)

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/clashes-break-out-pro-palestinian-rally-greece-2024-05-07/

Tear gas had been used when protesters attempted to move toward the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, beneath the Parliament building, in Syntagma Square, the heart of the capital and scene of countless protests over a range of issues.

Hamas, hiding amongst civilians in Gaza, is also still holding 133 hostages that were taken in October, 2023 raids, and the terrorists released videos showing them butchering children and babies, even beheading them, and rejoicing over it.

Police fired teargas to disperse a small group of protesters who climbed up the gate of the Egyptian embassy opposite parliament. The clashes were brief.

Hamas said it told mediators it agreed to a ceasefire proposal, but Israel said the terms fell short of its demands and pressed ahead with the strike in Rafah in what Throughout the war, Rafah has been the main lifeline to the outside world for Gaza’s 2.3 million Palestinians, allowing humanitarian supplies in and transport of patients out during severe shortages and destruction of healthcare facilities.

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