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Omagh protests at ‘appalling massacre’ of Palestinians

A white line protest in Omagh against the massacre of Palestinians by Israel

IMPROMPTU protests were held in Omagh on Tuesday following the killing of more than 60 Palestinians by Israeli troops on Monday.

A further 2,400 were wounded on the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war.

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The Israeli troops fired live rounds at protesters at the border on the day that the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem .

The Omagh branch of the ‘Ireland – Palestine Solidarity Campaign’ held a protest in the town centre on Tuesday, stating it was important to express the sense of anger and shock over the deaths.

“We’re holding this protest so that people in Omagh know there are voices here disgusted at the slaughter of Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border,” said the branch PRO Anton McCabe.

“This is the most appalling massacre of defenceless people taking place in the sight of the world. There is no excuse for the actions of the Israeli government and that has to be made clear.

“It is important people there know that people here in the west are also appalled at what is going on.

“Tragically the Irish and British governments, and in particularly the government of the United States have collaborated with the Israeli government.

“By their actions and inactions they have given the okay to the Israelis to massacre innocent civilians.

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“Many people from Jewish backgrounds are standing with us appalled at what is going on.”

A few hours later, on Tuesday night, a white line protest in front of the courthouse was organised by Sinn Féin.

Constituency manager Barry McColgan said, “There is a long history of people of Ireland standing in solidarity with Palestine.

“We are calling on the Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador immediately.

“It is as clear as day what has happened and not yet one diplomatic expulsion which is stark when compared with expulsion of Russians on a suspicion of a poisoning a few months ago.

“The people in Gaza are in plight but we know the solidarity the world showed us at times is appreciated, and we know people in Palestine appreciate solidarity like this.”

Other protests have also taken place across Tyrone including at the Ballygawley roundabout and in Dungannon.

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