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World Rallies Around Palestinians Amid Gaza Offensive


Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest near the Israeli Embassy in London Dcember 28, 2008, against the Israeli strikes on Gaza. (Luke MacGregor/Reuters)

LONDON, England - Israeli attacks on suspected Hamas strongholds in Gaza have triggered protests in more than a dozen countries.

attacks entered their third day Monday, with more than 300 people in
Gaza reported killed and hundreds more wounded. Israel says the
military assault is in response to ongoing rocket strikes on Israel,
which have killed two Israelis.

In London, England, dozens of
protesters gathered outside the Israeli Embassy, waving flags and
trying to push their way closer to the building, as police tried to
hold them back and erect a barricade. Watch protesters push toward embassy

in Germany said about 2,000 protesters marched peacefully down Berlin's
Kurfuerstendamm Boulevard and dispersed after about three hours.

also have taken to the streets in Denmark, France, Italy and Spain,
according to news reports. There also were reports of demonstrations in
Caracas, Venezuela.

Iranian media reported that thousands took
part in anti-Israel demonstrations in Tehran on Monday, which the
government declared a day of mourning for the Palestinians in Gaza.

of the rallies posted by Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency showed
black-shrouded women and men holding shoes in the air -- widely
considered an insult in the Middle East -- while others held
Palestinian flags and signs that said "Down with U.S.A." in English and

Greek riot police clashed with protesters in Athens during
a demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy, according to police and
images broadcast on state television.

Protesters hurled stones in
an attempt to break through the police cordon around the heavily
secured embassy. Police responded with tear gas.

In Iraq,
hundreds of supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demonstrated in
al-Mustansiriya Square in eastern Baghdad. The demonstrators carried
Iraqi and Palestinian flags, banners and pictures of al-Sadr and his

The demonstrators threw an Israeli flag on the ground, put President Bush's picture on top of it and set both on fire.

the Muslim world, demonstrations also were held in Jordan, Egypt,
Pakistan, Indonesia, Libya and Bahrain, the BBC and other news outlets
reported. See world leaders' reactions to offensive

thousands of Lebanese demonstrators packed the streets of Beirut as
part of a rally called by the militant group Hezbollah. Hezbollah
leader Hassan Nasrallah addressed the crowd via satellite from an
undisclosed location.

Protests were also held
in Israel, where students at universities in Haifa, Tel Aviv and
Jerusalem demonstrated against the Israeli military operation, reported.

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