PROTESTERS took to the streets of Gloucester today to show their solidarity with those suffering in Gaza.
Holding banners and Palestinian flags, the protesters called for both sides to respect International Humanitarian Law.
Shoppers stopped to talk to the demonstrators and listened to speeches from organisers, Gloucester MP Richard Graham and Labour’s parliamentary candidate Sophy Gardner.
A one minute silence was also held.
Sophy, a former RAF wing commander, said: “We are here to condemn the catastrophic loss of life in Gaza.
“I have spent 19 years in the military and know that bombs, rockets and missiles never lead to peace.
“The international community has to take the lead.”
The protest is one of many rallies that have been recently held across the world.
Around 80 people took to Stroud High Street today.
The vigil was called by Stroud Peace Movement and was supported by many other organisations including Amnesty mid-Glos and included people of all ages and religions.
A collection was made for Medical Aid for Palestinians.
Ebrahim Musaji, who organised a march through Gloucester last month, said people are becoming more aware of the situation in Gaza.
“Last month I joined other Muslims on a march through the city to raise awareness of the massacre in Gaza,” he said.
“Now people from all religions have come out to show their solidarity.
“Although religion and politics is deeply rooted in this situation, it is a humanitarian issue where people are dying.
“The world cares, people in Gloucester care and the people at the top will have to listen soon.”
Around 1,650 Palestinians have been killed and more than 8,000 injured since the conflict started on July 8, according to the Gazan health ministry.
The United Nations estimates that four-fifths of the dead were civilians.
Palestinian officials say more than 300 were children.
On the Israeli side, 63 soldiers and three civilians have died.