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Mass protest in Rabat in solidarity with Gaza

Tens of thousands of Moroccans staged a popular protest to denounce the Israeli assault on Gaza and to show solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Protesters raised banners condemning Israeli aggression on Gaza and praising the resolve of the Gaza Strip in the face of Israeli aggression.

The protest was organised by the Justice and Charity movement, Morocco's largest Islamist movement, in addition to the Working Group for Palestine and the Moroccan Association for the Support of the Palestinian Struggle (two NGOs), the Justice and Development Party, and several other political and civil society groups.

It comes after Morocco called for an immediate halt of the Israeli assault on Gaza, describing it as unacceptable and unjustifiable. Morocco accused Israel of violating international law and all humanitarian values.

The Moroccan Foreign Ministry expressed concern about the Israeli ground operation in Gaza, warning that it will increase the bloodshed, complicate the situation, widen the circle of tensions, and spread the culture of hostility and hatred.

Ministers who attended the demonstration included:

 Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar

Minister Delegate to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics Najib Boulif

Minister of Youth and Sports Mohamed Ouzzine

Minister of Parliamentary Relations and Civil Society El-Habib Choubani

Minister of Tourism Lahsen Hadad

Minister of Culture Mohamed Amine Sbihi

Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Managers Training Soumia Benkhaldoun

Minister Delegate to the Ministry of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment Hakima El-Haite

Other prominent political leaders and heads of political parties also took part in the protest.

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