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Pro-Palestinian protestors march in Beirut

Thousands of protestors march in solidarity with Palestine, as Israeli bombardment of Gaza continues.


Man holds Palestinian Flag
Palestinian solidarity protests have been gaining in frequency and intensity in Lebanon, a country which is home to over 400,000 Palestinians. Photo: Matt Kynaston, NOW.

Thousands of protestors marched through the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, May 18, bearing flags, singing chants, and holding signs in support of the Palestinian struggle.

The protestors marched from the Palestinian refugee camp Mar Elias to Riad al-Solh Square, in central Beirut, where demonstrators gathered to listen to speakers from different political groups, speaking out against Israeli oppression.

The march comes as Israel’s continued bombardment of Gaza goes into its second week, a bombing campaign that has claimed the lives of at least 212 people. Violence has also continued in the West Bank, as Israeli police crackdown on protestors in the occupied territories. 

Palestinian solidarity protests have been gaining in frequency and intensity in Lebanon, a country which is home to over 400,000 Palestinian’s many of whom have refugee status or are stateless.

It has been for years and years, and no one cares they are dying every day. I hope they can stand by each other, and be strong enough to get themselves out of it,” says Sereen, a Palestinian from Yafa who attended.

“I don’t want to see Palestinians or Jewish children dying. This started because Netanyahu lost the election in Israel. The Palestinian and Israeli children should not have to suffer for that,” says Sabri, a Palestinian- American living in Lebanon. 

Pro-Palestinian protestors march from Mar Elias refugee camp towards Riad al-Solh Square. Demonstrators were led by the Lebanese Armed Forces, who closed off the roads as seen here on the General Foaad Chehab road in central Beirut. A sound-system mounted on top of a van led the chants. Activists can be seen waving Palestinian and Lebanese flags. Photo: Matt Kynaston, NOW.
Pro-Palestinian protestor waves flag of Hamas in Riad al-Solh Square. Hamas is the largest political group, and governing power in Gaza. Since the latest war erupted last week, Hamas have fired more than 3,200 rockets at Israeli cities. Most were intercepted or fell short. Photo: Matt Kynaston, NOW.
Child wears Palestinian keffiyeh
Child wears Palestinian keffiyeh, a symbol of Palestinian resistance, in Riad al-Solh Square, Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: Matt Kynaston, NOW.
Ahmad Abed al-Hadi
Ahmad Abed al-Hadi, Hamas representative in Lebanon addresses pro-Palestinian protestors in Riad al-Solh Square. Speakers from various political groups denounced Israeli aggression, and called upon the international community to support the Palestinian struggle. Photo: Matt Kynaston, NOW.
Palestinians seated in front of BDS logo in Beirut
Older Palestinians sit together on a road next to the protests in Riad al-Solh Square. They sit in front of graffitied walls that have been erected to prevent protestors from Lebanon's 'uprising' to get into parliament buildings. The graffiti behind these is of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) logo. The BDS movement works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law. Photo: Matt Kynaston, NOW.
Protestors stand on fake R-160 rockets
Protestors stand on fake R-160 rockets in Riad al-Solh Square, Beirut. The R-160 rocket has been used by Hamas to attack Israel in previous conflicts. Photo: Matt Kynaston, NOW.
Woman holds sign saying 'Free Palestine'
A woman holds a double sided sign saying 'Free Palestine' in English and Arabic. One notable placard, that was badly ripped, said, "Decolonise this, decolonise that. Postcolonial here, postcolonial there. And ABSOLUTE SILENCE on what is happening in Palestine". Photo: Matt Kynaston, NOW.