Paris ban on Gaza-support demonstration is upheld Adminstrative court upholds ruling prohibiting rally in support of Gaza for second week in a row

PARIS (AA) – An administrative court in the French capital has upheld the Paris governorship’s decision to ban a demonstration in support of Gazans on Saturday.

The move on Friday came ahead of Saturday’s 12-hour ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza, nearly three weeks after Israel launched its offensive which has led to the deaths of at least 900 Palestinians – mostly civilians – and injured more than 5900 others.

A demonstration in support of Gaza banned by the Paris governorship last Saturday took place despite the bar, with incidents of violence being reported.

Another rally, which involved about 25,000 people according to its organizers, was allowed in Paris on Wednesday and passed without any incident.

The French police department said about 15,000 people took part.

Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with fierce aerial bombardments since July 7, before launching a ground invasion dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” with the ostensible aim of halting rocket fire.

According to official Israeli figures, 35 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have been killed since the hostilities began.

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