SIDON, Lebanon: Dozens of Palestinians and Lebanese protested in the coastal city of Sidon Friday in solidarity with Gaza, asking Hamas to boost its operation against Israel.
The protesters in Martyrs’ Square carried dolls wrapped in bloodied white wraps and denounced Israel’s deadly attacks on civilians, including Palestinian children.
They also brought in a vehicle carrying several M75 rockets, urging Hamas to strike Tel Aviv and Israeli state buildings.
One of the protesters, Fadwa, carrying a fake rocket, told The Daily Star that the rocket represented her more than President Mahmoud Abbas, criticizing the latter for saying Israel would launch a ground operation.
“Is he Israel’s messenger now?” asked Fadwa.
Ali Youssef, an official from Hamas, gathered the crowd, reassuring the protesters that Hamas has more in store for Israel.
“Be patient because Hamas has much more than they think. We are still at the beginning. You will enjoy,” Youssef said as the crowd cheered.
He also blasted the Egyptian government for closing the Rafah crossing, saying the move “was slowly killing the Palestinian people.”
“They only opened at the request of [U.N. Chief] Ban Ki-moon,” he said.
“Mohammad Morsi had opened the border from both sides, while Abdel-Fattah Sisi closed it off.”
Over 100 Palestinians have been killed as a result of Israel’s air campaign against the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, while rockets fired by militants reached deeper into the Jewish state with no casualties reported.
The conflict began following the abduction of three Israeli teenagers who were found murdered and the retaliatory kidnapping of a Palestinian teenager who was burned alive.
Hamas has denied any involvement in the abduction of the Israeli boys, while Israeli officials have blamed extremist Jews for the killing of the Palestinian.