Demonstrations call on governments and international community to take punitive actions against Israel for its 11-day bombing of blockaded Gaza in which nearly 250 Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded.

People attend a rally to express support for Palestinians and call on the UK government to take action against Israel, in London, Britain on May 22, 2021.
People attend a rally to express support for Palestinians and call on the UK government to take action against Israel, in London, Britain on May 22, 2021. (Reuters)

Demonstrations have taken place across the world to demand governments to initiate punitive actions against Israel after its bloody aggression killed nearly 250 Palestinians in blockaded Gaza, many of them children and women.

Health officials said 13 people were killed in Israel from Gaza's rockets. 

Israel's 11-day bombardment of the besieged Palestinian territory finally ended on Friday after it capitulated to international pressure to agree to a ceasefire with Gaza's governors Hamas.

The indiscriminate air strikes by Israel razed or badly damaged hundreds of buildings in the impoverished enclave which is already struggling to cope with the challenges of years of Israeli blockage and the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday, rallies took place in Australia, Yemen, Britain, France, Germany, Bosnia while demonstrations are planned in US as well. 

Demonstrators take to the streets in central London to show solidarity with Palestinians after Israel's indiscriminate bombing of blockaded Gaza.
Demonstrators take to the streets in central London to show solidarity with Palestinians after Israel's indiscriminate bombing of blockaded Gaza. (Reuters)

Britain

Thousands of demonstrators marched through London and other British cities to protest against Israeli air strikes.

Protesters called for sanctions on Israel during the march in London. 

Some were draped in Palestinian flags and set off green and red smoke flares. Others carried banners declaring "Free Palestine", "Stop bombing Gaza" and "Sanctions on Israel".

TRT World's Mehmet Solmaz said there were more than 100,000 protesters in London who were demanding "solid steps" from UK against Tel Aviv despite an ongoing ceasefire between Israel and Palestine. 

People take part in a protest in support of Palestinians in Paris, France.
People take part in a protest in support of Palestinians in Paris, France. (Reuters)

France

Thousands of people came out in the French capital Paris to show support for Palestinians.

The demonstrators called on President Emmanuel Macron's government to take action against Israel for its barbaric violence on Palestinians in blockaded Gaza.

Demonstrators hold placards amid a rally to show support for Palestinians.
Demonstrators hold placards amid a rally to show support for Palestinians. (AA)

Australia

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Adelaide before gathering before outside the Parliament House.

"We need to remember that just because they announced a ceasefire doesn't mean it's over. It will never be over until Palestine is free," said Jana Fandi, a member of Australian Palestinian community at the rally.

A similar protest was held in Sydney where thousands of people filled the Hyde Park and later marched through the streets, chanting and waving banners.

"Palestinians continue to face violence from Israeli occupation forces and it's not going to end until the occupation comes to an end," Palestine Action Group activist Dalia Al-Haj Qasem said.

Further rallies also took place in Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Bosnians stage a demonstration to show solidarity with Palestinians at Vijecnica Square in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 22, 2021.
Bosnians stage a demonstration to show solidarity with Palestinians at Vijecnica Square in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 22, 2021. (AA)

Bosnia

A rally was held in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo where people said they called on the international community to punish Israel for its deadly air strikes in Gaza.

People gather for a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians and protest against Israeli aggression on Gaza, on May 22, 2021 in Taiz, Yemen.
People gather for a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians and protest against Israeli aggression on Gaza, on May 22, 2021 in Taiz, Yemen. (AA)

Yemen

Thousands of people gathered for a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians and protest against Israeli aggression on Gaza, in Taiz, Yemen.

Protesters carried Yemeni and Palestinian flags and sought end to Israeli occupation of Palestine. 

Source: TRTWorld and agencies