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Thousands take to streets of Belfast, Derry and Dublin for pro-Palestine marches

Protesters outside the Israeli embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin during a march in solidarity with the people of Palestine, following a ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel. Picture by James Ward/PA Wire

THOUSANDS of people took to the streets of Belfast, Derry and Dublin on Saturday to participate in pro-Palestine marches.

More than 20 protests, rallies and vigils were held across Ireland in response to the violence that has erupted in Gaza in recent weeks.

The protests were part of demonstrations taking place in cities across the world, after an 11-day military offensive between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

In Belfast, activists gathered for a socially distanced rally at Custom House Square to call for an end to Israeli aggression.

A similar event took place at Free Derry Corner in support of the Palestinian people.

Thousands marched in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Picture by James Ward/PA Wire

A large demonstration was held in Dublin, with protesters meeting at the Spire on O'Connell Street and marching to the Israeli Embassy in Ballsbridge.

During the march, the crowd stretched 2.3 kilometres from Trinity College to the embassy.

Protesters wore masks, as requested by the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), who organised the event, which was described as "peaceful" by gardai.

Chants of "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" and "Free, free Palestine" rang out in front of the embassy, where a heavy Garda presence was in place.

Martin O'Quigley, one of the organisers, called on the Irish government to do more for the people of Palestine.

"The government has to do more, not just our government, but the European Union as well," he told PA.

"They've been saying for years that they condemn it, but it's not good."

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