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Thousands march in Dublin calling for end to siege in Gaza

Published 19/07/2014 | 17:41

Jack Aronson, 4, from Dublin, takes part in a protest march through Dublin city centre to call for an end to Israeli military action in Gaza and "justice and freedom" for Palestine. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 19, 2014. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Jack Aronson, 4, from Dublin, takes part in a protest march through Dublin city centre to call for an end to Israeli military action in Gaza and "justice and freedom" for Palestine. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People take part in a protest march through Dublin city centre in in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Photo: PA
People take part in a protest march through Dublin city centre in in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Photo: PA

THOUSANDS of protesters took to Dublin City Centre this afternoon to march against the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

An estimated 3000 people walked from the Spire on O'Connell Street to the Dáil and then the Israeli embassy.

Some protesters carried banners calling for an end to the siege in Gaza while others waved Palestinian flags.

The march was organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Spokesperson Frankie Taylor, noted a visible increase in support.

"Situations occur such as the bombing and attacking of Gaza. At the moment people are more aware of the situation and more people come out in the streets.

"We are usually a small group of die hard people trying to campaign for Palestinian  rights," he told 98fm.

Some 280 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict so far, with more than 2000 injured.

Around 250 houses have been targeted and destroyed while hundreds of others have been extensively damaged.

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