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Egyptians show solidarity with Palestinians, call on Mo Salah to speak out

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool warms up prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on May 08, 2021 in Liverpool, England [Alex Pantling/Getty Images]
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool warms up prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on 8 May 2021 in Liverpool, England [Alex Pantling/Getty Images]

Egyptians have taken to social media in support of Palestinians after days of violence which culminated in the death of 20 Palestinians yesterday, including nine children, in the Gaza Strip.

"There is no solution but to end the occupation," wrote former vice-president Mohamed ElBaradei on Twitter.

At least 305 people were injured on Monday as Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Palestinians protesting in solidarity with residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, who are being forcibly evicted from their homes, have been targeted by the Israeli army.

"Palestine will forever remain steadfast and its people will continue their struggle to defend their land, honour and the Al Aqsa Mosque, the first Qibla and the third holiest site in Islam. I humbly salute those oppressed people," wrote Ahmed Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar.

READ: Celebrities in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah

Egyptians have also spoken out about Liverpool star Mohamed Salah's silence over what is happening, particularly as other footballers and a string of high profile celebrities have condemned the violence.

"My heart and soul and my support for you Palestine," wrote Mohamed ElNeny, who plays for Arsenal.

Algerian football player Riyad Mahrez, who plays for Manchester City, tweeted a picture of the Palestinian flag with the hashtags, #Palestine #SaveSheikhJarrah.

Captain of Zamalek Mahmoud Abdel-Razek, known as Shikabala wrote: "They will leave and we will stay. Save the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood."

"God grant victory to the people of Palestine, Lord of the worlds," wrote Egyptian football player Mohamed Aboutrika who is in exile after being labelled a "terrorist" by the authorities.

He asked God to grant victory to "our people in Jerusalem."

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