Thousands protest Gaza strikes in London, Paris

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators occupy a London bus and fill the street outside the Israeli embassy on July 11, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.  Israel says it will resist international pressure to halt operations in Gaza. Palestinian officials say that more than 100 people have died so far.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) (Peter Macdiarmid)
Israeli Embassy Demonstration In London (Peter Macdiarmid)
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Updated: 7/11 11:45 am

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators have turned out on the streets of London and Paris to call for an end to Israeli military strikes on Gaza.

Several thousand people crowded the streets outside the Israeli Embassy in west London, waving placards that read "Gaza: End the Siege" and "Freedom for Palestine." The crowds blocked entire streets, but police said the protest was largely peaceful.

A smaller protest took place in Paris Friday, where about 100 people demonstrated near the French Foreign Ministry.

Demonstrators waved Palestinian flags. One woman shouting "Palestine will survive" had the Palestinian flag painted on her cheeks.


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