Hundreds Protest Gaza Conflict outside US Embassy in Reykjavík

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Hundreds Protest Gaza Conflict outside US Embassy in Reykjavík

An estimated 1,000 people attended a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavík last night against the Israeli attacks on Gaza. Protestors demanded that the U.S. intervene in the conflict.

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Ögmundur Jónasson.

Minister for the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson addressed the crowd, condemning Israeli action in Gaza, ruv.is reports.

Around 1,500 people had announced on Facebook that they would take part in the protest, which was organized by the Iceland-Palestine Association.

In a statement on its website, the association demands that the U.S., which they believe is in a position to stop the killing, intervene.

The conflict began last Wednesday when Israel launched its Operation Pillar of Defense against Hamas saying it wanted to end rocket attacks on Israel. Hamas’ military chief Ahmed Jaabari was killed in an air strike.

Iceland’s Foreign Minister Össur Skarphéðinsson has also condemned the conflict.

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