Nearly a week following the profound surge of Palestinian resistance, which sent shockwaves through the Israeli enemy, retaliation for the latter’s brutal assault on the Gaza Strip, targeting both structures and lives, alongside an oppressive blockade that left over two million Palestinians devoid of water, electricity, fuel, and access to aid, the world’s free people, spanning from Iran to Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, and other nations, rallied in solidarity with Gaza’s people against the horrors of this injustice.
Millions of Muslims worldwide took to the streets to denounce the Israeli government’s brutal actions against the Palestinian population. Protests have erupted in various countries, including Iran, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan, with more anticipated as the day unfolds. These demonstrations were in response to a call by the Hamas resistance movement urging people to rally in support of Palestine.
Yemenis responded to the call for protests by pouring into the streets of Sa’ada, expressing their unwavering support for Palestine.
Saada Governorate organized massive demonstrations in which thousands of Yemenis took to the streets to affirm their backing for the Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, prominently displaying the Palestinian flag and banners championing this cause.
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) October 13, 2023
They chanted anti-occupation and anti-US slogans while pledging their readiness to assist Palestine actively.
Simultaneously, thousands of Iraqis converged in Tahrir Square at the heart of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. They answered the call of Mr. Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Sadrist movement, who urged a million-strong demonstration in support of Palestine and solidarity with Gaza’s resistance.
WATCH: Massive number of people gather in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square in Iraq in support of Palestine pic.twitter.com/5XkVu4aygJ
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) October 13, 2023
Iraqis also voiced their support for Palestine with mass demonstrations in Tahrir Square. They chanted slogans denouncing the occupation and the United States while burning Israeli flags. Demonstrators displayed Iraqi and Palestinian flags, affirming their commitment to stand alongside the Palestinian people in their struggle against the Israeli regime.
In Iran, tens of thousands participated in nationwide rallies, where they fervently chanted slogans in solidarity with the Palestinian cause and criticized both the United States and the Israeli government’s discriminatory policies. Notably, Iranian political figures also lent their presence to these protests.
Iran’s Islamic Propagation Organization issued a statement on Friday, praising what they termed the “intricate, hybrid, and heroic Operation al-Aqsa Flood.” They described it as a significant setback for the Israeli regime, marking an intelligence and military failure for the occupying force and a resounding victory for the resistance front.
— Palestine Highlights (@PalHighlight) October 13, 2023
According to the organization, this operation shifted the balance of power in favor of Palestinian resistance groups and underscored the strategic importance of liberating the holy city of al-Quds, both regionally and globally. The operation also shattered the Israeli ambition of territorial expansion and exposed the vulnerability of the Zionist regime.
The statement emphasized that the era of hit-and-run attacks was over, and any misstep by Israel could lead to the destruction of Tel Aviv and Haifa by the Islamic resistance front. The Israeli government’s indiscriminate bombing of mosques, schools, hospitals, and the killing of innocent civilians was decried.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi condemned Western support for Israeli crimes, declaring that countries backing the Zionist regime were complicit in its wrongdoing. He stressed that the legitimate demands and resistance of the Palestinian people would not wane despite such atrocities.
The Chief Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Major General Hossein Salami, addressing a gathering in Tehran, described the Al-Aqsa Storm Operation as the “most significant failure of the Zionist regime since 1948 and a major victory for the Palestinian movement.” He highlighted the historical context of Israeli crimes against Palestinians, such as the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre, and declared this operation a “heavy defeat” for the Israeli government.
In Jordan, large crowds gathered at the border with occupied Palestine in an act of solidarity with Gaza’s resistance and to denounce the ongoing aggression against civilians.
Thousands of Jordanians embarked on a journey towards the Palestinian border on foot. However, the authorities closed “Ras al-Ain” Square in the center of Amman, where a massive demonstration was scheduled to express support for Gaza and the Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.
Recent footage showed Jordanian police using tear gas to disperse the crowds. Jordan had prohibited protests near its border with Palestinian territories in light of Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
Suppression of Jordanians by the police to prevent angry people from entering the occupied Palestinian territory
Jordan also hosts American soldiers on its territory and aids the genocide in Gaza pic.twitter.com/T45sMLR6zp
— Iran Observer (@IranObserver0) October 13, 2023
In the Qatari capital, Doha, hundreds of individuals gathered after Friday prayers to express solidarity with Palestine and the people of Gaza.
Thousands of Muslims in Qatar started protesting against the Israeli regime after the Friday Prayer pic.twitter.com/CWys22N76n
— Iran Observer (@IranObserver0) October 13, 2023
Reports from Palestinian medical authorities indicated that over 1,500 people had lost their lives, with many more injured due to Israeli bombardments in the Gaza Strip. The widespread destruction of buildings, homes, and public facilities had taken a severe toll on the region.
Even in Palestine, people in several areas took to streets of Jenin, Al-Khalil, Beit Lahm and others to voice support to Gazans in their battle against the Israeli killing machine.
Source: Al-Manar English Website