Thousands in French capital protest deadly Israeli attack, Gaza siege

"Nothing can justify the use of such violence," said Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister.

Thousands in French capital protest deadly Israeli attack, Gaza siege

Thousands of people marched in Paris to protest Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip and Israeli troops' deadly attack on a flotilla seeking to bring aid there.

Israeli soldiers attacked a fleet of boats carrying 700 international activist and 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid heading to Gaza, killing 9 Turkish activists.

The protesters are chanting "we are all Palestinians" and "we are all children of Gaza." The march includes a large parade-style float representing an aid ship attacked earlier this week.

Meanwhile, the French Foreign Ministry has summoned the Israeli ambassador after Israeli attack.

President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned the "disproportionate use of force" and extended his sympathy to the survivors, according to the Elysee Palace.

"The circumstances of this tragedy, which underline the urgency of restarting the peace process, must be fully explained," he said.

The Foreign Ministry had demanded an explanation from Israel.

"Nothing can justify the use of such violence," said Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister.

He was "deeply shocked by the tragic consequences of Israel's military operation against the 'Gaza Freedom Flotilla'," he said.

"These events serve to remind us that the current situation in Gaza is not sustainable, and that it urgently needs a political solution," he said.

Also, in Dublin, people marched through the city centre to demonstrate against the seizure by Israel of the Rachel Corrie which carried Irish and other activists. The protesters headed for the foreign ministry, which has not commented on the boarding of the ship.

"(I came) to voice my absolute disgust at what the Israeli government has been at, kidnapping our citizens," said John Buckley, a college lecturer who took part in the protest.

"The Israelis have no right to intercept ships in the middle of the sea and they have no right to implement the blockade in the first place, it's completely illegal," he said.

In London, thousands of protesters wearing t-shirts with slogans like "Free Gaza" converged outside the prime minister's official residence at Downing Street, before staging a noisy march to the Israeli embassy.


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