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Thousands protest in Rabat to demand Morocco cut ties with Israel

Moroccans wave Palestinian flags during a protest in Rabat on December 24, 2023 in solidarity with Gaza. (Photo by AFP)

Thousands of Moroccans have staged a pro-Palestinian rally in the capital Rabat, demanding an end to the North African country’s ties with Israel amid the occupying regime’s ongoing onslaught against the besieged Gaza Strip.

The demonstrators took to the streets of the capital city on Sunday, as they waved Palestinian flags and held placards reading "resistance till victory", "stop Moroccan government normalization with Israel" and "free Palestine".

This is not the first time Moroccans have demonstrated in their thousands to protest Israel's ferocious military aggression against Gaza.

On December 10, Moroccans took to the streets in Rabat to mount pressure on the government to cut its relations with Israel over the regime's ongoing genocidal war on Gaza.

The participants also urged a boycott of those brands that support Israel, while condemning the United States' heavy military and political backing for the regime's genocide in Gaza.

Israel waged the brutal war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas carried out a historic operation against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime’s decades-long violence against Palestinians.

Since the start of the offensive, the regime has killed at least 20,258 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 53,688 others.

Moroccans have also repeatedly voiced outrage at the US-sponsored normalization of diplomatic relations with Israel, reiterating their unwavering support for the Palestinian cause.

Morocco and Israel resumed their relations in December 2020. Rabat had cut its ties with Tel Aviv two decades ago following the eruption of the second Palestinian Intifada (Uprising).

The detente came as part of the Abraham Accords, a series of rapprochement deals mediated by the United States between the occupying regime and some regional Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

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