World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish people protested on Sunday Israeli attacks on Gaza as people across world urged stong action to stop Israeli unending crimes in Palestinian territories.
Funeral prayer in absentia was held after noon prayer in a demostration in front of Beyazit Mosque in Turkey's Istanbul, that nearly 100 NGOs supported as protesters across the Middle East have held a second day of demonstrations against Israel's military assault on the Gaza Strip.
Protesters burned Israeli and American flags on Sunday in a string of Arab countries and demanded a stronger response from their leaders to Israel's attack on Gaza.
In Turkey, protestors shouted slogans, "Zionism will be defeated, resisting Palestine will win", Palestinians are not alone", "All kind of relations with Israel is crime", waving Palestinian flags.
Effigies of US president George Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been burned.
People prayed to Allah to end sufferings of Palestinians under Israeli occupation.
Turkish police were seen to take broader measures around Beyazit square.
Along with Istanbul protest, many cities saw protests, which one of them, in Ankara, were held in front of Israeli embassy.
Protestors urged Turkey to cancel military and economic deals with Israel. Israeli embassy also has been asked to be closed.
"Crime against humanity"
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also called on Israel to halt its air strikes to Gaza, Anatolian news agency reported.
On Sunday, Erdogan said that Israeli attack on Gaza was a blow to international peace, crime against humanity and such disproportionate use of force could not be accepted.
The attack was also a disrespect to Turkey which exerted great efforts for peace, he stated.
On Saturday, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said he was deeply saddened by Israel's attack on Gaza Strip and the attack was an act of irresponsibility.
Gul said, "I feel sad over it. I condemn the attack."
"It is not only between Israel and Palestine. The incident can cause an instability in the region," Gul warned.
Turkish foreign minister urged Israeli and Palestinian sides to put an end to armed clashes, warning against that the conflict might spread beyond Gaza.
"Both sides need to silence their weapons. Otherwise the conflict may spread to the entire region," Ali Babacan told a televised interview on Sunday.
Babacan said Turkey urged the United Nations to step in during a telephone conversation between Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and also Organization for the Islamic Conference was called for an immediate meeting.
"We were just holding what could be called as the fifth round of the talks but they have been cancelled due to the Gaza attacks," Babacan said.
"Arab silence is behind the bombings," read a banner held by one of several thousand people who turned out in the Sunni Arab city of Samarra north of Baghdad, Reuters said.
The Israeli raid are one of the worst in 60 years of Israeli occupation.
"America and the Zionists are the leaders of world terrorism," read a placard held by protesters at the U.N. headquarters in the Lebanese capital Beirut. They demanded U.N. intervention to end the Israeli onslaught.
Similar protests were held in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, home to some 400,000 refugees displaced when Israel occupied Palestinian territories in 1948.
In the centre of the Syrian capital Damascus, thousands of people carrying Palestinian and Syrian flags filled streets around a popular square, chanted anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli slogans and burned an American flag.
"Victory belongs to heroic Gaza," one banner said. "Until when will the Arab silence continue?" read another.
In Baladiyat, a Baghdad district inhabited by many Palestinians given refuge in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, men waved banners and condemned Arab nations for not doing enough to support Palestinians.
"We have been waiting for action from Arab leaders for almost 60 years," Jaleel al-Qasus, the Palestinian envoy to Iraq, said during the protest by several hundred people.
"Our efforts have been in vain."
Scores of protesters tried to approach the Egyptian embassy in Beirut to demand Egypt open up its borders to Gaza, where 1.5 million Palestinians live under Israeli and Egyptian blockade. Police used tear gas to stop the demonstrators approaching.
In Egypt itself, protesters gathered in Cairo and five other towns, security sources said. They burned Israeli flags and carried placards denouncing Israel.
Scuffles broke out outside the Israeli embassy in London on after more than 700 demonstrators gathered to protest. Police said two or three people had been arrested but the Israeli embassy denied protesters had got into the embassy itself.
In Madrid, hundreds of Palestinians, Muslims and anti-war activists rallied outside the Israeli Embassy. Protesters waved placards that read "Israel Genocide".
The office of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the cleric who has peerless influence among Shi'ites in Iraq, issued a statement condemning Israeli savage operation.
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"The Arab and Muslim world demand, more than ever, a practical stance to stop this never-ending offensive," it said.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a religious decree ordering Muslims around the world to defend Palestinians in Gaza against Israeli attacks in any way possible.
Several protests were held in Tehran, including one by Iranian lawmakers chanting "Death to Israel".
In Yemen, the ruling party organised a demonstration attended mainly by civil servants who agreed at a stadium in the capital Sanaa to send a ship with humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Protesters chanted, "Gaza, your blood is our blood!"