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Palestine supporters rally in Manhattan to condemn Israeli raid on al-Aqsa

Hundreds of people rally in Times Square, New York, to protest against the latest violence by Israeli forces against the Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, on April 7, 2023. (Photo via social media)

Pro-Palestinian activists have held a rally in the heart of Manhattan, New York, in protest against the Israeli regime’s latest attack against the Palestinian worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East al-Quds.

The crowd gathered in Times Square, the commercial and tourism center of New York City, on Saturday, waving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans such as “Free Palestine” to condemn the violent raid and demand an end to Israeli attacks.

The protesters criticized the silence of international bodies against the obvious crimes of the Zionist regime and demanded an end to the apartheid regime’s attacks on Palestinians

They also called for global support for the oppressed people of Palestine.

The protesters carried placards reading “Defend masjid Al-Aqsa” and “Hands off al-Aqsa,” and chanted slogans such as “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” “Resistance is justified when people are colonized,” and “There is only one solution; Intifada (uprising) revolution.”

Moreover, for two straight days in London, people rallied outside Israel’s embassy after footage of Israeli forces attacking Muslim worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound went viral on social media.

Heavily armed Israeli forces stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Tuesday night before firing tear gas and stun grenades into the Qibli prayer hall, where hundreds of men, women, elderly people, and children were staying overnight to pray. Some eyewitnesses said rubber-coated steel bullets were also fired.

Israeli forces have wounded and rounded up hundreds of Palestinians during the attacks that have seen a rise since the beginning of the fasting month of Ramadan. Illegal Israeli settlers have, meanwhile, been freely violating the compound under the Israeli military and police force’s protection.

Palestinian resistance movements in the nearby Gaza Strip have been warning the regime that it would have to bear the consequences of the flare-up that it has brought about in al-Quds and beyond.

Since the start of the holy month, the Israeli regime has imposed strict restrictions on the entry and exit of Palestinians to and from the gates of al-Aqsa Mosque. Amid heightened tensions with Palestinian worshipers, Israeli settlers also press ahead with their frequent incursions and provocative rituals at the holy site.

On Thursday, at least 30 rockets were reportedly launched from southern Lebanon into the Israeli-occupied territories in retaliation against the Israeli aggression against al-Aqsa.

Resistance fighters based in Gaza also fired several rockets toward the occupied territories. Palestinian sources said the regime’s Iron Dome failed to intercept most of the retaliatory rockets.

Following the rocket attack, Israeli warplanes hit targets inside Gaza and positions of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas in Lebanon.

The Israeli regime has in recent months stepped up its atrocities, killing around 100 Palestinians this year alone.

As International Quds Day approaches, on April 14th, millions of people would rally around the world to show solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Israeli atrocities.

The Quds Day, inaugurated by Ayatollah Khomeini, falls on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, during which rallies are held to keep alive the notion of resistance till the freedom of Palestine from the clutches of Zionist usurpers.

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