More than 10,000 Protest in Baghdad against 'Zionist Butchery'
More than 10,000 people demonstrated in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday to protest at the "Zionist butchery" against the Palestinians, an AFP correspondent reported.
Their banners hailed the "resistance of the Palestinian people" and condemned the "butchery" carried out by Israeli forces, said the agency.
"The blood of the Palestinians fills us with pride and the strength to face up to the American and Zionist enemy," chanted the demonstrators, who included officials of the ruling Baath party.
AFP added that the Iraqi government has called for jihad, or Islamic holy war, for the "liberation of Palestine" in the wake of the bloodshed in the Palestinian territories and Israel.
Five days of violent clashes left more than 50 killed and thousands injured.
The Palestinian territories were relatively calm Tuesday after a ceasefire accord overnight.
Meanwhile, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz hailed on Monday the young Palestinian demonstrators risking their lives in the clashes while scoffing at the US-brokered peace process and its Arab backers, said AFP.
"Those who speak of a settlement (with Israel) and who have taken part in the process for the past nine years meet and break up again without being able to recover a single inch of Palestinian territory," he said.
In Oman, thousands of Omani students demonstrated to protest the Israeli attacks against Palestinians, reported Al-Jazeera TV channel.
It added that the students demanded Arab countries to cut their ties with Israel and expel its representatives - (Several Sources)
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