Kashmiris condemn Israeli unending bombardments on Gaza

In Indian-occupied Kashmir, hundreds of Kashmiris protested Israeli ongoing bombardments killing more than 400 Palestinians and wounded more than 1500.

Kashmiris condemn Israeli unending bombardments on Gaza

In Indian-occupied Kashmir, hundreds of Kashmiris protested Israeli ongoing bombardments killing more than 400 Palestinians and wounded more than 1500.

At least 50 people were injured when baton-wielding police in Indian Kashmir fired teargas shells on Friday to disperse hundreds of Muslims protesting at Israeli strikes on Gaza, police and witnesses said.

There were also demonstrations in other Indian cities, including New Delhi and Hyderabad.



In Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar, angry demonstrators shouting "Down with Zionist terrorism, down with Israel" burnt American and Israeli flags near Kashmir's grand mosque Jamia Masjid.

In Srinagar earlier on Friday, the chief priest of Kashmir and senior separatist leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, led thousands of worshippers in a mass prayer for the slain Palestinians.

"Why is the world community silent when innocent, unarmed Muslims are killed in hundreds by Israel? It is a naked aggression," Farooq said at the city's grand mosque.

"Muslim countries must unite to fight for the liberation of Palestine, Iraq , Afghanistan and Kashmir."

They marched through the streets of the provincial capital Srinagar, carrying pro-Palestinian banners and portraits of Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah.


Around 250 Muslims in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad also protested against the offensive outside the recently opened U.S. consulate on Friday, police said.

They tried to set fire to an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert but were stopped by police. There were further large protests in the Muslim-majority old part of the city.

A Reuters witness saw similar scenes in the capital, New Delhi, as protesters gathered outside India's largest mosque, similarly called Jama Masjid, to burn Israeli and American flags and an effigy.



"Look how they are killing Muslims and no one seems to be bothered," said Akbar Ali, one of the protesters.

Kashmir, which was hit by massive anti-India protests last year, is India's only Muslim-majority state.

Indan security forces killed more than 50 and wounded nearly 1000 Kashmiris during pro-independence demonstrations in 2008.


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