« Hundreds gathered in Madrid on Sunday to protest in support of Palestine as the conflict has escalated over the weekend following a surprise attack by Hamas on Israel.
Footage shows protesters at Puerta del Sol chanting slogans and waving Palestinian flags, while other carried signs reading ‘Honour the martyrs’, ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’, and ‘Free Palestine, free Syria’, among others.
Demonstrators also shouted slogans such as ‘Long live the struggle of the Palestinian people’ and called for an end to the ‘occupation of the territory » by Israel, which they called a ‘terrorist state’.
The demonstration in Madrid comes after Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on Saturday, October 7, firing thousands of rockets as militants broke through into Israeli territory as part of what the group described as ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’.
Israel responded with airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and issued a formal declaration of war on Hamas, warning residents in Gaza to leave their homes.
Hamas said the operation was due to the long-running Israeli blockade, raids on West Bank cities and other attacks, while Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed ‘mighty vengeance’ on the group.
At the time of publication, over 1,500 have been reported dead across both sides in the most deadly escalation of the ongoing conflict in decades. »