Dozens of Palestinians gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday to protest Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip which have killed 18 people since Friday.
Demonstrators called for a halt to the violence and condemned the silence of the international community over the deadly fighting, as they gathered at al-Manara square in the center of the city.
Fatah central committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul urged Arab nations “to wake up from their long sleep,” calling on the world to defend Palestinians.
A reconciliation deal between his faction and Gaza rulers Hamas must be sped up to face Israel’s aggression against Gaza, he said.
Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip began Friday, when the assassination of the head of the Popular Resistance Committees sparked a volley of rockets by militant groups into south Israel.
A 12-year-old boy was killed in Gaza early Sunday, bringing the death toll to 18, while 35 Palestinians have been injured in Israeli attacks, eight of whom are in a critical condition. Four Israelis were injured by rockets, one seriously.