Edinburgh, 29 Ramadan 1435/27 July 2014 (MINA) – Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Scotland’s capital Edinburgh in protests at Israel’s atrocities against Palestinians in the Gaza strip.
Saturday’s protest arranged by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign brought the city’s public transport system to a halt, Press TV quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting, Sunday.
The protests’ organizers said they wished to send a message that governments “must take steps to isolate Israel immediately.”
The protesters marched along Prince Street towards Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister’s house.
On Friday, Salmond wrote to British Prime Minister David Cameron saying “The situation in Gaza represents a humanitarian crisis of grave proportions. More than 800 people, most of them civilians, have already lost their lives and over 5,000 have been injured.
The UN states that more than118,000 Gazans are sheltering in UN schools. The attack on the school in Beit Hanoun on 24 July, condemned by the UN Secretary General, only serves to underline the desperate need for international action to stop the killing of innocent civilians.”
Also on Saturday, tens of thousands of people held a pro-Palestinian rally outside the Israeli embassy in London in a move to protest Tel Aviv’s aggression against Gaza.
Israeli warplanes have been carrying out relentless airstrikes against the blockaded Gaza Strip since July 8. On July 17, the Israeli military also launched a ground incursion into the densely-populated coastal sliver.
So far, more than 1,000 people have been killed and thousands of others injured by the Israeli regime’s offensive against the coastal territory despite pressure from the international community. (T/E01/IR)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)