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Rally in Manila denounces killing of Gaza demonstrators

Manila, May 15 (efe-epa).- Protesters in Manila held a demonstration Tuesday to denounce the killing of 60 Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza by Israel security forces.

At least 60 people have died following mass demonstrations on Monday along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip against the transfer of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

More violence was anticipated on Tuesday as Palestinians marked the 70th anniversary of the Day of Catastrophe ("Nakba" in Arabic), held each year on the day following Israel's Independence Day to commemorate the mass expulsion of Palestinians both before and after the founding of the state of Israel in 1948.

Chanting slogans such as "The people are occupied, resistance is justified!" and "From Palestine to the Philippines, Stop the US war machine!," around 20 demonstrators gathered to show their solidarity with the Palestinians who died after being fired on by Israeli troops, an epa-efe journalist reports.

The protest, which was held to "condemn the brutal killing" of the protesters and "more than 2,000 wounded perpetrated by Israeli armed forces" in Gaza, was led by the International League of Peoples' Struggles and the Philippines-Palestine Friendship Association.

"It is appalling to hear that on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, another catastrophe has befallen the Palestinians in their struggle for the recognition of their right to return to their own lands," Filipino Senator and ILPS-Philippines chapter General Secretary Alan Sarte said in a statement.

"What they did will only heighten the resolve of the Palestinian people," Sarte added.

Jerome Succor Aba, a member of the ILPS who was present at the demonstration, during which people also burned a mock Israeli-US flag, told epa that they were rallying "against the massacre committed by the US and Israeli governments against the Palestinian people."

"I am calling for justice for all the victims," he added.

The Philippines is a mostly Christian nation, with approximately 11 percent of its total population, or around 10.7 million people, adhering to Islam.

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