Sydney is flooded with anti-Israel protestors during massive demonstration against the escalating conflict in Gaza – as one man scales Town Hall to raise Palestinian flag
- Sydney and Melbourne hosted rallies on Saturday to protest the attacks in Gaza
- Thousands gathered to protest, with the death toll rising on the Gaza Strip
- Protestors in both capital cities were well behaved, with no reported arrests
Rallies have been held in Sydney and Melbourne to protest attacks in Gaza as conflict continues between Israeli forces and Hamas militants.
Thousands gathered in Sydney and hundreds in Melbourne to protest against Israel, mirroring similar protests in other cities around the world.
Protesters outside Sydney’s Town Hall carried Palestinian flags and placards demanding ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘block weapons to Israel’.
Protesters hold placards during a demonstration against Israel at the Town Hall in Sydney (pictured) – they were out in force looking for the conflict on the Gaza Strip
Thousands turned out in Sydney (pictured) and Melbourne to protest the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Territories on the Gaza Strip
A child (pictured) attends a demonstration against Israel at the Town Hall in Sydney on Saturday, May 15
A youngster carrying a sign saying ‘Stop Killing Our Kids’ at the protest in Melbourne
A young girl attended the rally with her parents holding a sign that said: ‘Israel is killing children like me’.
Many people shouted: ‘From the river to sea, Palestine will be free’.
Earlier this week, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne urged for an end to the violence in the Gaza Strip as the death toll rises.
Senator Payne said the government was deeply concerned about escalating violence in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.
‘We’ve unequivocally called on all leaders to take immediate steps to halt violence, to maintain restraint, and to restore calm,’ she said at a press briefing in Washington on Friday.
It follows Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday restating the government’s policy of a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, describing Australia as an agent for peace.
He urged Australians with ties to the conflict to act with tolerance and respect.
Protestors (pictured) in Sydney making their voices heard on Saturday – no arrests were made, with the protests passionate and peaceful
Protesters waving Palestinian flags during a demonstration (pictured) against Israel at the Town Hall in Sydney on May 15
A series of protesters (pictured) holding a banner during a demonstration march against Israel in Sydney on May 15
Passionate protestors (pictured) taking part in a protest rally in Melbourne on May 15, 2021, calling for an end to the escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinian Territories
‘By all means, people can have concerns and views, and there is a tolerance for that, but at the same time we do not want to import the troubles of other parts of the world into this country,’ Mr Morrison said.
There were no reports on Saturday night of arrests or misbehaviour at either of the day’s protests.
More than 130 have been killed in Gaza amid the latest conflict which flared on Monday and continued into the weekend.