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Hyde Park, Sydney: First pro-Palestinian protest of the year begins

Hundreds of people took to the city center for the first pro-Palestinian protest of the year.

Dressed in red, green, white and black, masses of Sydneysiders gathered in Hyde Park on Saturday afternoon to call for a ceasefire and an end to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.

Many people waved Palestinian flags or donned the traditional Keffiyeh to show their support as the conflict between the two nations enters its 92nd day.

«We are all Palestinians,» the crowd chanted at the organizers. «From the river to the sea Palestine shall be free.»

Hundreds of people gathered in Sydney on Saturday for the first pro-Palestinian demonstration (above) of the year

Demonstrators at the March for a Free Palestine (above) called for a ceasefire and an end to Israel’s bombing of Gaza

Participants in the Free Palestine March (above) chanted «from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free»

NSW Police said the protest was peaceful and no arrests were made

A mass of Sydneysiders (above), dressed in red, green, white and black, gathered in Hyde Park on Saturday afternoon

NSW Police said the protest was peaceful and no arrests were made.

It is the 13th week since people have made the journey to the city to call for an end to the bombardment, which began on October 7 last year when the Hamas militant group launched a surprise attack against Israel.

Israel responded in kind, launching a sustained bombardment of Gaza, a move that has drawn global criticism as the Palestinian death toll grows.

As of 5 January, at least 22,600 Palestinians, including 9,600 children and 6,750 women, had been killed, with more than 57,900 injured. Thousands more are missing and presumed dead.

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The number of victims in Israel is 1139 people and 8730 injured.

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Sydney’s CBD after an hour of speeches by Australian Palestinian leaders and those involved in the conflict’s family.

«One, two, three, four, we don’t want your bloody war,» they chanted as they marched.

The rally (above) marked the 13th week that people have made the trek into the city to call for an end to the bombing

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Sydney’s CBD after an hour of speeches by Australian Palestinian leaders and those drawn into the conflict by family.

Many participants (above) waved Palestinian flags or donned the traditional Keffiyeh to show their support as the conflict between the two nations enters its 92nd day

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s role in supporting Israel has come under fire from some protesters

A huge Palestinian flag also marched through the streets with messages of hope from protesters.

Members of Sydney’s Lebanese community have made their presence known by waving flags and signs after Hamas leader Salih al-Aruri was killed in a drone strike in Beirut.

Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack, although there are fears of an escalation of the war if Hezbollah responds.

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