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Thousands marched in support of Palestine on Int’l Quds Day in Berlin

Thousands marched in support of Palestine on International Quds Day in Berlin, Saturday.

According to Press TV, protesters held banners asking for justice for the State of Palestine.

There were over 2,500 demonstrators. The march encountered several small groups of counter protesters who chanted slogans and held banners in support of Zionist regime.

A strong police presence followed the rally to prevent confrontations between the different sets of protesters.

The International Quds Day is a legacy of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini (God Bless his soul), who designated the day in solidarity with the Palestinians.

This year, Quds Day has become a larger rallying cry as it comes after months of mass protests in Gaza which proved Israel’s inability to stop the Palestinians despite widespread use of deadly force against unarmed protesters.

Since late March, over 120 Palestinian protesters have been martyred and thousands more wounded by Israeli forces, mainly sharpshooters. The Israeli military has come under intense international criticism for permitting its forces to open fire on unarmed protesters in Gaza.

Tensions have been running high near the Gaza fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests, dubbed “The Great March of Return,” demanding the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.

The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied al-Quds.