Israelis protest Gaza blockade

Arab and Jewish protesters rally in Tel Aviv to protest against Israel's blockade on Gaza.

    The protest in Tel Aviv marked the first anniversary of Israel's war on Gaza [AFP]

    String of demonstrations

    Hundreds of international protesters held a similar demonstration on Thursday on both sides of an Israeli border crossing to the Palestinian territory.

    The Erez crossing is the main entry and exit point to and from Gaza used by medical patients, journalists, diplomats and aid groups. 

    in depth

    The events coincide with the one-year anniversary of Israel's 22-day war on Gaza which left about 1,400 Palestinians dead. Thirteen Israelis also died in the clashes.

    A further 100,000 Gazan residents were left homeless in the wake of the Israeli onslaught.

    A UN-sponsored report, known as the Goldstone report, has called on both Israel and Hamas to investigate accusations of human-rights violations committed during the conflict in Gaza.

    Most of the criticism in the Goldstone report was directed towards Israel.

    It concluded that Israel had used disproportionate force and had deliberately targeted Gaza civilians, using them as human shields, while destroying civilian infrastructure.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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