Several hundred people have attended a rally of solidarity for the Palestinian people outside the Guildhall in Derry on Wednesday night organised by Ógra Shinn Féin.
The main speakers at the event were Chairperson of Ógra Shinn Féin in Derry Michael McCrossan and Gerry MacLochlainn, both of whom have visited Gaza on several International delegations.
Speaking today the Chairperson of Ógra Shinn Féin Michael McCrossan said: “We are very pleased with the great turnout at such short notice. We had people from Derry and Strabane in attendance and I spoke to one family who had travelled from as far as Gweedore they felt that strongly about what was happening in Gaza .In the coming days there will also be rallies in Belfast and Dublin.
“It has been reported in recent days that almost 50 people, including eight children, have been killed in Israeli attacks and another 400 injured. The health system in Gaza, under-resourced as a result of Israel’s siege, is at breaking point.
“There have been almost 500 air strikes, as well as naval bombardment of Gaza. Palestinian homes have been demolished and hundreds have been arrested. As many as 200 of these are now held by Israel in administrative detention – essentially internment without trial.
“Gerry Adams has said this week the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel, which have resulted in no deaths, should end. But these actions cannot excuse the application of overwhelming military force by the Israeli government.”
Concluding he said: “I will would like to thank all those who attended the Derry rally and urge people to raise the plight of people of Gaza at every opportunity.”