Greeks protest Israeli ground attack in Gaza

In Greece, protesters burnt flags and hurled shoes and rocks at the Israeli embassy during the march.

Greeks protest Israeli ground attack in Gaza
Greek demonstrators set fire to banks, threw rocks and fired flares at police in the capital Athens on Sunday, one of several protests worldwide against Israel's ground attack in the Gaza strip.

Hundreds of thousands have protested against Israel's offensive and its weekend land assault into Gaza.

In Greece, protesters burnt flags and hurled shoes and rocks at the Israeli embassy during the march.

"Police fired teargas to disperse protesters that had started throwing rocks and firing flares at police after the conclusion of the rally," said a police official who requested anonymity.

"After the rally, which was mostly peaceful, some protesters then proceeded to smash cars and set fire to banks near the embassy. Three bank branches were set fire to."

The protesters carried banners that read "Free Palestine" and "Support to the Intifada" -- slogans which were seen on the streets of the Moroccan capital, Rabat.

"Allah Akbar (God is Great). We are all with Gaza," chanted thousands of Moroccan protesters, many of whom were women.

The demonstrators, joined by some government ministers, criticised Arab leaders for "a failure to support Hamas in Gaza".

More than one thousand people demonstrated in the Belgian capital Brussels, with demonstrations in other cities, and in Poland protesters called for an end to "the slaughter in Gaza" outside the Israeli embassy in Warsaw.

In Paris, where more than 20,000 people took part in a march on Saturday to protest the bombardment of Gaza.

Several hundred people held pro-Israel demonstration at the Israeli embassy.

"I have come here to defend peace in solidarity with our children at the front who are fighting Hamas, a criminal, extremist movement", said a 50 year-old teacher who declined to be named because she had pupils from Arab families in her class.


Reuters
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