Thousands stage anti-Israeli march in Morocco
Thousands marched in Rabat on Sunday in support of Palestinians under siege in Gaza, in the biggest anti-Israeli protest since the 2020 normalisation of diplomatic relations.
At the march, organised by Islamists and leftist groups, protesters chanted: “Palestine is resisting” and “All against normalisation” as they burned an Israeli flag.
“I denounce the double standards of many Western governments regarding Palestinians,” said Charki Lahrech at the protest, saying some nations were turning a blind eye to Israel’s retaliatory strikes after the attack by Hamas militants.
“You cannot denounce Hamas acts and look away from Israeli killing of civilians including children, women and the elderly … This is a message of solidarity with the Palestinian people to tell them you are not alone.”
Morocco, which has a defence cooperation pact with Israel, backs a two-state solution in the Middle East and has urged peace and protection of all civilians.
Netanyahu vows demolish Hamas
Meanwhile, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, vowed on Sunday to “demolish Hamas” as his troops prepared to move into the Gaza Strip in pursuit of Islamist militants whose deadly rampage through Israeli border towns shocked the world.
Israel has told Gazans to evacuate south, which hundreds of thousands have already done in the enclave that is home to more than 2 million people.
Inside besieged Gaza, where conditions are deteriorating and deaths from Israeli air strikes rising, civilians said they were not safe anywhere. Militant group Hamas, which runs Gaza, has told them to ignore Israel’s message to move south.
Palestinian health workers are storing bodies in ice cream freezer trucks because moving them to hospitals is too risky and cemeteries are full.
With fears of the conflict spilling over, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken continued his tour of Middle East states, seeking to prevent escalation and secure the release of 126 hostages Israel says were taken by Hamas back into Gaza.
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