Monday, February 13, 2012

Gaza protests Syria crackdown

Dozens of Gaza protesters assembled in the city's Square of the Unknown
Soldier on Sunday to protest the Syrian regime's violent crackdown on
demonstrations. (MaanImages/HO)

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians gathered to condemn the Syrian regime's violent crackdown on demonstrations in Gaza City on Sunday, as Syrian forces continued their bombardment of protest center Homs.

Dozens of Gaza protesters assembled in the city's Square of the Unknown Soldier, chanting "Homs is being slaughtered just like Gaza."

Demonstration organizer Hamza Abu Shanab told Ma'an the group gathered for an hour and a half, and denied media reports that the protest was dispersed by security forces.

"The protest ended peacefully, without security forces' intervention," he said.

A day earlier, Palestinians held a mass in support of the victims of violence in Syria in a church in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The congregants prayed for peace in the embattled nation, and assembled candles in the shape of the word Syria.

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal sent a message to the mass urging people to "pray for peace and security in Syria, especially the tension causing many to flee from their homes, including many Christians."

Syrian opposition activists said 23 people were killed on Sunday, prompting street demonstrations across the country in support of Homs.

Maan News Agency