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45,000 rally for Gaza at Jerusalem Eid prayers

Muslim worshipers pray during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in support of war-torn Gaza Monday as they gathered to pray at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque at the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

Police put the number of worshippers at 45,000 people, with an AFP correspondent saying many were dressed in black t-shirts emblazoned with slogans reading "Gaza, supporting you is our Eid" and "We are all Gaza."

Others wore T-shirts proclaiming support for Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which has been locked in a 21-day confrontation with Israeli troops in Gaza.

The conflict has so far claimed 1,036 lives in Gaza and 46 in Israel.

Among the crowds was a young child on someone's shoulders holding up a plastic gun.

"Kidnap more soldiers!" they chanted. "Our blood for Gaza."

Police distanced themselves from the crowd which soon dispersed without incident, the correspondent said.

The ongoing violence in Gaza has escalated tensions across the West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem, with angry protestors clashing nightly with Israeli police and troops, AFP correspondents said.

Figures published by the U.N. humanitarian agency (OCHA) at the weekend showed 11 Palestinians have been killed and around 600 injured in clashes since July 23. Ten of them, including a teenager, were shot dead by Israeli troops, while another was killed by an Israel settler, it said.

Overnight, stone-throwing protesters faced off with troops until dawn in Yatta in the southern West Bank, with three injured by live fire and another three arrested, Palestinian security sources said.

Following further clashes overnight in East Jerusalem, police spokeswoman Luba Samir said another 22 people were arrested, raising to 375 the overall number of people detained in the eastern sector of the city since July 2.

So far, 135 people have been indicted for disturbing the peace in weeks of angry protests which erupted followed the July 2 kidnap and murder of a Palestinian teenager by a group of Jewish extremists in revenge for the abduction and murder in June of three Israeli teens.

The angry protests also spread across Arab towns in Israel, with police making "close to a thousand arrests", Samri said.

 

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Summary

Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in support of war-torn Gaza Monday as they gathered to pray at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque at the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

Others wore T-shirts proclaiming support for Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which has been locked in a 21-day confrontation with Israeli troops in Gaza.

The conflict has so far claimed 1,036 lives in Gaza and 46 in Israel.

The ongoing violence in Gaza has escalated tensions across the West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem, with angry protestors clashing nightly with Israeli police and troops, AFP correspondents said.


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