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Pro Palestinian protests around the world

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 01:48

Pro-Palestinian protesters in France, Germany and Yemen demonstrated against the Israeli offenisve in Gaza and called for the end of the violence. Sarah Toms reports.

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Thousands of protesters in France marched through the streets of the capital calling for an end to violence in the Gaza Strip. They carried models of corpses draped in the Palestinian flag and graphic posters. (SOUNDBITE) (French) ISRAELI CITIZEN AND PROTESTER, YAEL LERER, SAYING: "I have got lots of mates in Gaza, lots of friends. I've visited Gaza many times in my life, and I think I'm not the only one in our group. That means that (for us) it's not just about theoretical pictures, it's real life, they're real people, real friends who live there and who are suffering." They gathered south of Paris after negotiations to extend a three day ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants failed. The Palestinian group Hamas rejected the truce, as Israel refused to lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip and the fighting once again resumed. Hamas sent a salvo of rockets into Israel, while Israeli forces responded with airstrikes across Gaza. There were also demonstrations in Yemen. Protesters took to the streets to call on Egypt to open its border crossing with Gaza and ease the economic hardship. They held model rocket launchers and guns, shouting "freedom for Gaza". In Germany, protesters opposed Israel's month-long offensive. Around one thousand people marched through central Berlin. (SOUNDBITE) (German) PROTESTER, MS. KAYET, SAYING: "It makes you very sad, angry, especially because we don't have the feeling that the German government is taking the position which it should. Of course it is difficult for Germany because of the country's history, but what's just in just and it is clear that what is happening in Gaza is unjust." Replica coffins were laid out on the streets representing the civilians -- nearly two thousand -- who died over the past few weeks in Gaza. Scores of Israeli soldiers have also died in the conflict.

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Pro Palestinian protests around the world

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 01:48