The world protests against Israel offensive in the Gaza Strip
People across the world protested today against Israel's airstrikes in Gaza, calling for an immediate end to the violence as Israeli troops have entered the Palestinian region.
About 21,000 people rallied in Paris, and about 10,000 hit the streets of London. There were also rallies in Madrid, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Athens.
In London protesters threw their shoes at the gates of Downing Street, and they carried flags chanting 'Free, free Palestine' and 'Israel terrorists'.
Brown issued a statement saying he had urged Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in a phone call to agree to an "immediate ceasefire."
Meanwhile, Israeli ground troops entered the Gaza Strip, an army spokesman said, a week after the Jewish state launched its massive offensive on Hamas targets in the enclave.
The London march, which organisers Stop the War Coalition claimed had attracted 50,000 people, was led by singer Annie Lennox and veteran left-wing politician Tony Benn.
Smaller protests took part in Manchester and Edinburgh, while in Paris people chanted 'We are all Palestinians'. A few people set cars alight in Paris and some windows were smashed, while protestors also made their view heard in Marseille, Lyon, Nice and Mulhouse.
About 5,000 people protested in Milan, most of them supposedly immigrants.
Athens, which as seen protests over many days now, today protested against the invasion, and some scuffles broke out in front of the Israeli embassy in the capital. Salzburg also saw some protests as about 2,300 people hit the streets.
Canadian cities also held protests today as people waving Palestinian flags denounced the Israeli offensive in Gaza, with demonstrations starting in Ottawa near Parliament Hill, with other protests springing up in Toronto.
The noisy but peaceful gathering on Parliament Hill erupted with cries of "shame" when a speaker delivered the news Israel had begun its ground assault.
"Regardless what they say in this building (House of Commons), regardless what they say in Washington or the Hague, these are war crimes," shouted Robert Assaly, an Anglican priest from Montreal who was a speaker at the rally.
Events have been scheduled for Montreal and Vancouver as Palestinian-Canadians want to have their voices heard.
Israel has said that they are acting in self-defence, but the protesters do not seem to buy this answer.
There was almost a clash between Palestinian protesters and those waving Israeli flags, but horse mounted police had to form a barrier between the two.
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