Expressing their solidarity with the people of Gaza strip, Kashmiris on Friday protested against Israel's offensive against the Palestinians that left more than 800 dead. Anti-Israel protests were held at many places in the state after the Friday prayers, police said.
Shouting anti-Israel slogans, the protesters burned flags of the Jewish state protesting against Israeli aggression directed at unarmed Palestinian civilians, the police said.
While no one was hurt in the protests, incidents of stone pelting on security forces were reported from many places including Nowhata area in the city, Anantnag town, Pulwama, Kunzer, Pattan, Baramulla town and Kupwara, they said.
Separatists outfits including the Hurriyat Conference factions headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had called for protests against Israel after the Friday prayers. Similar anti-Israel protests were also held in Jammu and Leh.
In Jammu, scores of protesters led by PDP leader Ashiq Hussain took to the streets protesting against Israel's offensive against the Palestinians that have left more than 800 dead so far. The protesters raised anti-Israel and anti-US slogans during their rally in the city's Khatika Talab area, and urged the world community to take serious note of the ongoing attack on Palestinians.
Students of Jammu University and several other colleges also held protests and demanded an end to the ongoing atrocities. In Leh, thousands of people gathered after the Friday prayer at the main Bazar and took out a procession towards the Leh polo ground. The procession was organised by All Ladakh Muslim Coordination Committee and All Ullima, Leh.
It was attended by many Buddhists, other religious organisation and schoolchildren among others. Addressing the gathering, the president of Ladakh Buddhist Association Dr Tundup condemned Israel for its attack on Palestine.
Sheikh Saif-ud Din, president of Anjuman Moin ul Islam, presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Leh to be forwarded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, urging the central government to break all ties with Israel and take a strong stand against the attack on Palestine.