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Protests across Ireland against Israeli attacks on Gaza

A protest on the Falls Road in west Belfast against Israeli attacks on Gaza. Picture by Hugh Russell

PROTESTS were held across Ireland last night in response to ongoing attacks on Gaza.

More than 60 Palestinians were killed and about 2,000 were injured by Israeli forces during demonstrations on Monday.

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) held a series of protests against the bloodshed last night, including in Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Galway.

Hundreds of people attended a protest at the International Wall on the Falls Road in west Belfast. Dozens more attended demonstrations at Free Derry Corner and on Market Street in Omagh.

Further protests are planned for this week, including in Portadown on Thursday and Belfast on Saturday.

IPSC chairman Fatin Al Tamimi said Israeli snipers had targeted unarmed protesters.

"Over 100 unarmed Palestinians have been slaughtered over the past two months, and nothing has been done to punish Israel," she said.

"Instead the US celebrates by moving its Embassy to Jerusalem and blocks UN Security Council resolutions condemning the killings. Meanwhile the EU continues to reward Israel with increased cooperation and taxpayer money. The entire situation is utterly shameful and sickening."

Meanwhile, Dublin's Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha is to open a book of condolence today for victims killed in Gaza.

The book will be opened on The Mansion House on Dawson Street.

Mr Mac Donncha said he wanted people to be able to "express their sympathies".

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