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Pro-Palestinian protesters clash with Greek police

Pro-Palestinian protesters clash with Greek police

Greek riot police fired tear gas to repel protesters hurling rocks at the Israeli Embassy in Athens on Monday during a rally against the Jewish state's assault on Gaza.
More than 3,000 demonstrators waving Palestinian flags and chanting anti-Israeli and anti-U.S. slogans converged on the Israeli Embassy north of the city center in separate demonstrations and rallies organized by Greek left-wing parties and Arab groups.
During an initial rally by about 300 Greek and Arab protesters, riot police fired stun grenades and volleys of tear gas to push back youths throwing rocks and broken chunks of paving stones at the embassy building and trying to break through a police cordon outside.
Protest organizers said one man had been detained trying to break through the cordon. No major injuries were reported.
Israel launched an intense bombing campaign, the deadliest against Palestinians in decades, on Saturday in retaliation for rocket fire aimed at civilians in southern Israeli towns.
The Israeli strikes in Gaza have killed at least 315 people and reduced dozens of buildings to rubble. Israel has launched more than 300 airstrikes, and its military has said naval vessels have also bombarded targets from the sea.
Israel's defense minister has said his military is fighting a "war to the bitter end" against Hamas.
In Athens, protesters chanted "hands off Gaza" and "no peace without Palestine" as they burned Israeli flags. During a lull in the clashes, about 100 demonstrators briefly stopped to pray, dropping to their knees in the street and facing east.
A separate demonstration organized by a Greek communist party was due to pass by the U.S. Embassy before finishing at the Israeli Embassy later in the evening.
Police blocked off major avenues and side streets in the area, while a police helicopter circled overhead.
Greece has seen repeated violent demonstrations in recent weeks, after the police shooting of a teenager in central Athens on Dec. 6 set off the country's worst riots in decades. Gangs of youths rampaging through city centers, torching businesses and looting shops clashed with police using large amounts of tear gas. The unrest abated just before Christmas.


Updated : 2021-05-15 19:18 GMT+08:00