CROWDS have gathered in the city centre to show solidarity with Palestine following days of hostility in Gaza.

About 100 people have joined a rally at the Clock Tower in Brighton to protest against the violence, after clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians spread across much of the occupied West Bank in recent days.

Photos show protesters with flags and placards which read "Leave the East in Peace" and "Peace, Justice, Freedom for Palestine".


Police officers are also seen standing by as speeches are heard on a loud speaker, with the crowd chanting "Free Palestine".

The Argus:

The Brighton and Hove Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) said the rally is part of a global day of action to mark Nakba Day.

Also known as the "Palestinian Catastrophe", Nakba Day on May 15 is the annual day which marks the expulsions of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes between 1947 and 1949, and their permanent displacement.

The Brighton and Hove PSC said in a Facebook post ahead of today's rally: "We also demonstrate our solidarity with Palestinians facing the ‘continuing Nakba’.

The Argus:

"This is illustrated dramatically by the proposed evictions from the Sheikh Jarrah district, as part of the ‘Judaisation’ of east Jerusalem.

"With the complicity of the international community, the Nakba continues. That’s why we must act, now.

"Let’s demonstrate our outrage over the multiple assaults currently being waged on the people of Palestine, and our outrage over our own government’s complacency and complicity."

Similar protests are being held across the country today, with thousands of people marching through Hyde Park in central London.

It comes as thousands of Palestinians have been forced to flee from their homes after a week of sustained conflict.

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Since Monday night, Palestinian militant group Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, whose military responded by barraging the Gaza Strip with tank fire and air strikes.

At least 126 people have been killed in Gaza, including 31 children and 20 women.

In Israel seven people have been killed, including a six-year-old boy and a soldier.