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MENAFN - Arab Times - 18/11/2012

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Securitymen try to control Kuwaitis who had assembled outside the US Embassy in Kuwait Friday evening
(MENAFN - Arab Times) A large number of Kuwaitis gathered in front of the American Embassy in Kuwait on Friday evening to protest against the Israeli attacks on Gaza and to express their support for people of Gaza. They also denounce the attitude of US administration towards the Israeli aggression.

During the demonstration, the protestors condemned America and Israel and urged the Hamas movement to destroy the Zionists. They chanted slogans such as 'We will remain here until the pain diminishes', 'Kuwait and Palestine are not two but a single nation' and 'Fire on Treacherous Zionists'.

Even after security forces allowed the demonstrators to protest for almost an hour, they struggled for nearly 30 minutes to disperse the protestors.

The protestors initially resisted the security order, leading to a few skirmishes between the securitymen and the protestors.

As majority of the protestors started to leave, a few among them urged them to stay back and chanted 'Death to America'.

Meanwhile, former MP Jama'an Al-Harbash said, "The first Israeli aircraft fell in the hands of the Palestinian resistant groups today after strenuous efforts. With the fall of the leader Ahmad Al-Ja'abari, the entire Ummah is now with Gaza and the rules of the game have changed."

In the same context, the National Convention Forum condemned the Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip, calling on all Arab and Islamic nations to support the Palestinian community.

They indicated that such widespread support will encourage the Palestinians to face such Israeli aggression and brutality, stressing, "We urge all nations that love dignity and honor to support the oppressed Palestinian brothers who have been resilient enough to protect sanctities of Arabs and Muslims."

Meanwhile, thousands of people across the Middle East protested on Friday against Israel's aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip, with some chanting "death to Israel" and others calling for the bombing of Tel Aviv.

In Cairo, several thousand protesters gathered outside Al-Azhar mosque after weekly Muslim prayers and chanted "We will go to Gaza in our millions," swearing to "sacrifice ourselves for you, Palestine."

"It's the least we can do," protester Ahmed Selim told AFP. "We need to show Israel our anger."

In the central West Bank city of Ramallah, more than 1,000 protesters shouted slogans of support for Gaza's Hamas rulers and waved the Islamist movement's green flag, AFP correspondents said.

"Hamas, bomb Tel Aviv!" they chanted a day after a rocket from Gaza struck the sea just by sprawling coastal city, with a second landing on Friday in an attack claimed by militants from the ruling Islamist movement.

In Lebanon, thousands turned out for demonstrations in Palestinian refugee camps in the north and south of the country in outrage at the assault, echoing the calls from Ramallah.

"O Qassam, O beloved, bomb and destroy Tel Aviv," they shouted in reference to the rocket and the armed wing of Hamas of the same name.

Demonstrations in Tehran and 700 other Iranian cities after Friday prayers, called for by the authorities, saw crowds chanting "death to Israel" and "death to America," according to news agency ISNA.

"One must salute the Palestinians' popular resistance and the response they have given to the Zionist regime (by firing rockets into Israel)," Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said at the weekly prayers in Tehran, IRNA news agency said.

"Your method is good and you can bring the Zionist regime to its knees," he added.

In Tunis, 3,000 to 4,000 people demonstrated after Friday prayers in the centre of the capital in protests called by the ruling Islamist party Ennahda, according to an AFP photographer.

"Gaza, symbol of freedom" and "struggle for independence," they chanted on a march from the Fatah mosque to Human Rights square.


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