Pro-Hamas demonstrators gathered at the Swedish Parliament, Stockholm, demanding an end to Israeli attacks on Gaza and support for Palestine.
A large assembly of pro-Hamas activists gathered at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm to show solidarity with Palestine. Thousands of people marched to the streets on Saturday to protest the continued Israeli attacks on Gaza, which were organized by civil society organizations and police.
The marchers, carrying banners with statements like “Children are being killed in Gaza,” “Stop the genocide,” and “Forever Palestine,” sent a clear message. The rallying cry “Freedom for Palestine” rang out in the streets as protestors demanded an immediate cease-fire, an end to Israel’s bombardment in Gaza, and unrestricted entry for humanitarian aid into the struggling region.
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Young and old also marched together towards Norra Bantorget Square as a gesture of multigenerational sympathy for the Palestinian cause. This show of solidarity went beyond Sweden, with another march in support of Palestinians taking place in Liege, Belgium.
Since Hamas launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7, the Gaza Strip has been subjected to a barrage of Israeli airstrikes. In retribution for violence against Palestinians and the takeover of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers, this multifaceted operation involved rocket attacks and infiltrations into Israel by land, sea, and air.
In response, Israel increased its air raids and ground operations, resulting in severe losses. Over 7,700 Palestinians have been killed as a result of Israeli attacks on Palestine, including 3,595 children, while over 1,400 Israelis have been killed.
To make matters worse, Gaza’s 2.3 million Palestinians are suffering from a lack of critical supplies such as food, water, and medication as a result of Israel’s siege. Despite the Rafah crossing’s recent opening, only a few aid trucks have entered Gaza.
A resolution for a humanitarian truce was approved by the UN General Assembly, but it faced strong opposition from Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, who rejected it.
The gathering in Stockholm was a powerful testament to the international community’s concern for the ongoing situation in Gaza, as voices were raised in support of Palestinian rights and a peaceful resolution to the conflict.