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Thousands protest Gaza assault in Lebanon

 Hundreds of Egyptian activists protest in downtown Cairo, Egypt, against the Israeli attacks against Hamas-ruled Gaza where over 300 people were kill...
 Thousands of Sudanese students and Palestinians living in Sudan demonstrate against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza as they hold a poster of Hamas le...
 Egyptian anti-riot policemen surround hundreds of Egyptian activists protesting in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, against the Israeli ...
 Tens of thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah supporters protest in the southern suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. People stood in pouring...
 Tens of thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah supporters protest in the southern suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. People stood under pour...
 Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses crowds through a large screen during a  protest in the southern suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. ...

MIDEAST EGYPT PALESTINIANS ISRAEL

Hundreds of Egyptian activists protest in downtown Cairo, Egypt, against the Israeli attacks against Hamas-ruled Gaza where over 300 people were kill...

MIDEAST SUDAN PLAESTINIANS ISRAEL

Thousands of Sudanese students and Palestinians living in Sudan demonstrate against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza as they hold a poster of Hamas le...

MIDEAST EGYPT PALESTINIANS ISRAEL

Egyptian anti-riot policemen surround hundreds of Egyptian activists protesting in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, against the Israeli ...

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Tens of thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah supporters protest in the southern suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. People stood in pouring...

Mideast Lebanon Israel Palestinians

Tens of thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah supporters protest in the southern suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. People stood under pour...

Mideast Lebanon Israel Palestinians

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses crowds through a large screen during a protest in the southern suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. ...

Tens of thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah supporters stood under pouring rain Monday to protest Israel's air assault on the Gaza Strip, now into its third day.
The protesters thronged a huge square and nearby streets in the militant group's stronghold south of Beirut, carrying Palestinian, Lebanese and yellow Hezbollah flags and banners supporting the Palestinian people.
The rally was by far the largest protest in the Arab world, where outrage over Israel's air strikes continued into a third day.
The massive rally was called for by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah who in a speech on Sunday urged crowds in the Arab and Islamic world to rise up in support of Gaza and declared Monday a day of mourning and solidarity with Gaza.
Addressing the crowds on Monday through a large screen from an unknown location, Nasrallah urged Palestinians to unite and sought to boost morale.
"Israel's air force will fail to destroy the will of the (Palestinian) fighters firing rockets ... and the residents of (Israeli) settlements 20 and 40 kilometers away from Gaza will remain either outside their settlements or in shelters," he said.
"Death to Israel," and "At your service, Gaza!" many in the crowd shouted.
Nasrallah warned Israel that any ground offensive will result in many losses for the Israelis and said Israel will fail as it did when it fought Hezbollah guerrillas in a monthlong air and ground offensive in 2006.
The overwhelming Israeli bombing campaign, the deadliest against Palestinians in decades, had killed 315 people by Monday morning.
In the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon, around 3,000 people also staged a demonstration, many of them chanting slogans in which they insulted the rulers of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia for perceived complicity with Israel.
In Egypt, which has been particularly criticized for joining Israel in closing its borders with Gaza, thousands of people rallied, calling for the active intervention of Arab armies to protect the Palestinians.
Demonstrations were held near the parliament building and in downtown Cairo amid a massive security presence of black-clad riot police. Demonstrations in the tourist destination of Luxor, however, were prevented.
The largest protest, a crowd of up to 3,000 people outside the Journalists' Union, was organized by the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, and in an unusual move, the Islamist organization's Supreme Guide Mohammed Mahdi Akef took part, urging the crowd to make "their declaration of anger through peaceful means."
In Iran, a prominent conservative political party announced it is registering volunteers to fight against Israel in response to the attacks on Gaza.
The party, the Combatant Clergy Society, has provided three options for the volunteers on its Web site to fight Israel, including in the military, financial and propaganda fields _ most signing up opted for the military option.
The group said Monday it decided to sign up volunteers after Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a religious decree to world Muslims Sunday, saying anybody getting killed while defending Palestinians in Gaza would be considered a martyr.
In Iraq, about 1,000 backers of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr staged a protest in eastern Baghdad. "No, no to Israel," they shouted as they burned Israeli and American flags.
Separately, the political party of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki issued a statement condemning the attacks and calling on Islamic countries to cut relations with Israel and end all "secret and public talks" with it.
Jordan's King Abdullah II donated blood to Gaza victims, telling reporters he was "upset" by the scale of the Israeli offensive in the coastal strip.


Updated : 2021-03-08 23:29 GMT+08:00