Hundreds of people attended a special candlelit vigil near Derry’s Walls on Tuesday evening to remember all of the innocent Palestinian civilians killed by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) during Operation Protective Edge.
According to various independent organisations, the current death toll in Gaza Strip since the operation commenced on July 8 is over 1800.
Tuesday evening’s event was organised by Ogra Shinn Fein Derry and Sinn Fein T.D. for North East Donegal, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn gave an impassioned speech towards the end of the rally.
After assembling at the bottom of the Fahan Street, the procession made its way up Fahan Street before following the path onto the part of the Walls that faces out over the Bogside.
The large group of people then lined the whole way across with candles and a moment of silent was observed in honour of all the Palestinians who have died at the hand of the IDF.
Stephen McConomy, who lost his life close to where the procession took place when he was struck with a plastic bullet in 1982 was also honoured at the ceremony.
Stephen’s brother, Mark left a wreath below a plaque on Fahan Street, near where a British soldier from the Royal Anglian Regiment shot the 11 year-old on April 16 1982.
“With this vigil being held in Fahan Street we [Ogra Shinn Fein] felt it very important to ask a member of the McConomy family to lay a wreath in the colours of the Palestinian flag to remember all children who have died as a result of conflict,” said Ogra Shinn Fein Chairperson, Michael McCrossan.
Michael added: “Ogra Shinn Fein is so thankful to the people of Derry, Donegal and Tyrone for their continued support of the people of Gaza.
“We wanted to host the vigil on Tuesday because it marked the four week anniversary of when Operation Protective Edge began.
“We think the people of this city have sent out a strong message that they stand with the people of Gaza and we intend on holding more events like this in the future.”