Palestinians have marched in the Gaza Strip to show support for Syrians suffering in the uprising there and to demand President Assad’s departure.
Some 500 mainly young demonstrators gathered near parliament in Gaza City, denouncing the . Syrian leader as a “butcher” and a “criminal.”
“This march is part of the activities of the Palestinian support group for Syria’s revolution. It is our fourth in the Gaza Strip,” organiser Hamza Abu Shanab explained. “We want to send a message of support… Palestinians will never forget the support Syria’s people have shown them in the past.”
“From the Gaza Strip, we have been following what is happening to our brothers in Syria….the violence, the kilings and the rapes suffered by the women,” said Yousuf Ali Farahat, the Imam of the Al-Qassam mosque. “We reckon that we should have our say and make our voice heard to support our Syrian brothers.”
Gaza is run by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. Back in February, its leaders turned publicly against their long-time ally President Assad, endorsing the revolt aimed at ending his rule.