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Protests in parts of twin cities to express solidarity with Palestinians

* Lawyers boycott court proceedings across Rawalpindi division to condemn Israeli aggression

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: People in different parts of the twin cities held anti-Israeli protests on Monday for Israel’s atrocities against the residents of the Gaza strip.The protesters carried anti-Israel banners and chanted slogans against the Israeli authorities. The lawyers of the Rawalpindi division also boycotted the court proceedings to express solidarity with the people of Palestine facing Israeli aggression. The lawyers, wearing black armbands, observed a full-day strike on the call given by the Punjab Bar Council and stayed away from court proceedings at all levels to express solidarity with the Palestinians. The Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench, Anti-Terrorism Courts, special courts, Judicial Complex Rawalpindi, local courts in Murree, Taxila, Kotli Sattian, Gujjar Khan, Kallar Syedan, and banking courts gave a deserted look as no hearing took place.The bar associations passed several resolutions condemning the Israeli troops’ attack on the unarmed Palestinians and stressed the international community to play their due role in defusing tension and liberating the Palestinian territory from Israeli subjugation.During the protests, demonstrators called on the international community not to turn a blind eye on the deadly Israeli air strikes on Gaza, which has been killing the elderly, women and children. The protesters also slammed the western countries and particularly the United States for supporting Israel. They said that countries that throw their weight behind Israel should be boycotted in all forms by the Muslim nations.Countrywide protests have intensified as the human scale of the tragedy continues to grow. As of Monday, the death toll in Gaza swelled to 176, with more than 1,280 wounded. The human rights groups have said that more than 75 percent of the dead were non-combatants. The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has said that more than a quarter of them were children. Over the past 24 hours, more than 17,000 Palestinians, most of them from northern Gaza, have packed into around 20 schools run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in a bid to seek some respite from the bombing.UN Chief Ban Ki-moon has urged Israel to scrap plans for a ground offensive, saying “too many” Palestinian civilians have lost their lives.Meanwhile, convener of the World Minority Alliance, J Salik, made an appeal to Imam-e-Kabah, bishop of Canterbury, and United Nations to play their role in impeding Israel from committing atrocities against the innocent people of Palestine.While speaking in a press conference, he said that a large number of women and children had been killed which is unjustified. 

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