Demos in Valley In Support of Besieged Gaza

SRINAGAR - Lawyers in Srinagar raised anti-Israel slogans in protest against the killing of innocent Palestinian children through aerial attacks across the Gaza Strip.

Protesters took to the streets on Monday shouting slogans like 'Down with Israel' and 'Soldiers of Gaza, We Are With You'.

Israel bombed dozens of suspected guerrilla sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip for the sixth straight day on Monday, and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave dropped off as international efforts to broker a truce intensified.

Ten civilians and two field commanders from the Islamic Jihad faction were killed and at least 30 other Palestinians were hurt in the new air strikes, hospital officials said, bringing the death toll from six days of clashes in Gaza to 85.

One of the protesting lawyers in Srinagar, Manzoor Ahmad expressed solidarity with the people of Gaza and condemned the attacks.

"This protest was just in solidarity with all those innocent children, women and men who were killed in Palestine by the Israeli aggression and the Israeli armed forces. We just want to convey the message to the Palestinian people, who are suffering, we are with you, and our blood is for you," he said.

At least 22 of the fatalities have been children.

The Gaza flare-up, and Israel's signaling that it could soon escalate from the aerial bombings to a ground sweep of the cramped and impoverished enclave, have stoked the worries of world powers watching an already combustible region. 

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