Pro-Palestinian demonstrators rally in France and Britain

© Bertrand Guay, AFP

Thousands of protesters took part in rallies across France and Britain on Saturday calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza war.

Several thousand people marched through central Paris, in torrential rain, behind a banner proclaiming "Halt the massacre in Gaza and West Bank, immediate ceasefire".

"France must immediately call for a ceasefire so that the guns go silent," said CGT union secretary general Sophie Binet, one of several union leaders to speak at the rally.

Rallies were held in dozens of towns across France, Binet added.

In Marseille, AFP saw several hundred people stage a minute's silence for Palestinian victims of the war. In Toulouse, more than 1,200 people took part in a march, according to police.

Rallies have been held across Europe since the unprecedented October 7 Hamas attacks on Israel unleashed the latest Gaza war.

Israel says that Hamas killed more than 1,200 people, mainly civilians, and took 239 hostage.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says that more than 12,000 people have died in the Palestinian territory in Israel's military response.


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