‘Free Palestine’: Dozens rally in Sydney’s Hyde Park in support of Palestinians

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Dozens gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Saturday in a pro-Palestinian rally.

People could be heard chanting “Free Palestine,” among other such slogans, and waving Palestinian flags.

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Similar demonstrations have been taking place in major cities worldwide since the beginning of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The conflict started after the Palestinian militant group Hamas blew through Israel’s highly fortified separation wall on October 7, and attacked an open-air music festival and Israeli border communities.

They killed scores of people and abducted men, women, and children - including elderly and disabled.

Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and sealed it off from food, fuel and other supplies in retaliation for a bloody incursion, vowing to destroy the militant group.

Hamas openly calls for the destruction of Israel.

The war is the deadliest of five Gaza wars for both sides.

More than 9,200 Palestinians have been killed, mostly women and minors, the Gaza health ministry said Tuesday, without providing a breakdown between civilians and fighters.

The figure is without precedent in decades of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Over 1,400 people have died on the Israeli side, mainly civilians killed during Hamas’ initial attack, also an unprecedented figure.

Palestinian militants also abducted around 240 people during their incursion and have continued firing rockets into Israel.

With The Associated Press

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