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Global protests against Israel aid ship action

Global protests against Israel aid ship action
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Israel’s actions against aid shipments to Gaza have been the subject of protests in cities across the Middle East and Europe.

There were particularly angry scenes in Istanbul.

The killing of nine Turkish activists on Monday caused not just public outrage but also led Turkey- until recently Israel’s closest regional ally- to recall its ambassador to Israel.

There were also pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli rallies held in Germany, which has a large Turkish immigrant population.

More than 5,000 people turned out in Duisburg, with thousands more marching in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf.

There were demonstrations also in Belfast and Dublin, where today’s boarding of the Irish ship the Rachel Corrie was denounced as a “raid” and an “unacceptable use of force”.

There were other protests near Downing Street in London, and in front of Israeli embassies in Ukraine and Portugal.

Franco-Turkish groups also brought tens of thousands into the streets in Paris, Lyon and Marseille.