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Greeks rally in Athens in support of Palestine

October 18, 2023 at 8:37 pm

Police take security measures as people, holding banners and Palestinian flags, attend a Pro-Palestinian demonstration in Athens, Greece on October 13, 2023 [Costas Baltas/Anadolu Agency]

Thousands of Greeks marched in Athens on Wednesday evening in support of Palestine, carrying banners with anti-US and anti-Israel slogans, Anadolu Agency reports.

The demonstrators chanted full-throated slogans for Palestine’s freedom while carrying Palestine flags and displaying banners with slogans condemning the US, EU and Israel for decades of bloodshed in the Middle Eastern country.

The rally was called by the major left-wing trade union, PAME, and it was attended by Palestine Ambassador to Greece, Yussef Dorkhom and Dimitris Koutsoumpas, Secretary-General of the country’s fourth largest party, the Greek Communist Party (KKE).

Thanking the crowd and organizers and Greek people in his speech, Dorkhom said “Our people have never ceased to fight for the right to freedom and life. The criminal terrorist occupation will end.”

Koutsoumpas also addressed the rally participants and said that they want nothing less than freedom for Palestine.

Our country should not be part of the Israeli massacre of Palestinians

he remarked.

At least 471 people were killed and 342 others were injured in an Israeli airstrike on Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza late Tuesday, the Gaza Health Ministry said on Wednesday. Israel, however, has denied responsibility for the air raid.

Gaza is already experiencing a dire humanitarian crisis with no electricity, while water, food, fuel and medical supplies are running out.

The conflict began on 7 October, when Hamas initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, a multi-pronged surprise attack that included a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel by land, sea and air. It said the incursion was in retaliation for the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and growing violence by Israeli settlers.

The Israeli military then launched Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

UN chief, Antonio Guterres, has called for an “immediate humanitarian cease-fire” to ease the “epic human suffering.”

At least 3,478 Palestinians have so far been killed, while the figure stands at more than 1,400 people in Israel.

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