Jordanians demonstrate in support of Gaza, Hamas

Photo: Jordanians demonstrate in support of Gaza, Hamas
 / Arab-Israel Relations

Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman and other cities Friday to support Hamas and condemn Israel's offensive in Gaza, where more than 800 Palestinians have been killed, AFP reported.

Around 2,000 people demonstrated in central Amman after Friday midday prayers, chanting: "We sacrifice our blood and souls for you, Gaza," in support of Hamas' armed wing the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

"Bomb and destroy Tel Aviv!" chanted protesters waving flags of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and holding banners that read "Stop the barbaric aggression on Gaza" and "The resistance represent us."

Similar demonstrations were held in the northern cities of Zarqa and Irbid as well as in the south, in Karak.

More than 800 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's offensive in Gaza, launched on July 8 in response to Hamas militants firing rockets into Israel.

Jordan has repeatedly demanded that Israel stop its "brutal aggression" and "targeting civilians" in Gaza.

The kingdom, which has a 1994 peace treaty with Israel, is home to more than two million Palestinian refugees, as well as large numbers of Jordanians of Palestinian origin.

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