Demonstrators gathered around the world to show solidarity with Palestinians and protest against the Israeli army’s attack on the Gaza Strip on World Human Rights Day.

On Sunday, protests took place in Istanbul, Copenhagen, The Hague, Tunis, Melbourne, Tokyo, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Karachi, Sanaa, Rabat and elsewhere.

Every year on December 10, the international community celebrates Human Rights Day to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

Scores of people gathered in Istanbul on Sunday to protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Human rights organizations supported the demonstration. Speakers criticized the Israeli military for human rights abuses, including the destruction of basic infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, which they said left 500,000 people vulnerable due to lack of water and food.

The rally gathered in Beyazit Square and carried pro-Palestinian banners. After the march to the Hagia Sophia Mosque, the Koran was read and then prayers were said.

Thousands also gathered in Western Balkan capitals to show their support for Palestine.

In the Serbian capital Belgrade, Palestinian and Serbian flags were raised during a demonstration in front of the main government building. Banners and posters called for a “ceasefire now” and urged Israel to “end the genocide in Palestine,” while chanting “Free Palestine.”

According to Gaza’s health ministry spokesman, about 18,000 Palestinians have been killed and 49,500 injured in Israeli strikes since October 7.

Israel’s relentless bombardment continues, along with ground operations that have forced hundreds of thousands of people from northern and central areas to the increasingly crowded south.

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