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Tens of thousands in Jordan celebrate 'Gaza victory'
Published Friday 08/08/2014 23:18
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AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) -- Tens of thousands of Jordanians celebrated on Friday the "Gaza victory" in the war against Israel, at a rally organised by the Islamist opposition.

Muslim Brotherhood chief Hammam Said said that around half a million people attended the rally in Tabarbur, east of the Jordanian capital, while a security official put the number at more than 100,000.

Demonstrators waved Palestinian and Jordanian flags as well as the colors of Hamas, the Islamist Palestinian rulers of Hamas, who have been locked in a month-long deadly showdown with Israel.

They also held up signs that read: "Gaza victory" and "There is no option but the resistance" in reference to Hamas's confrontation with Israeli forces, and urged Arab rulers to "liberate Palestine."

The demonstrators also chanted slogans of support for Hamas's military wing, with the Brotherhood chief lauding the fighters, an AFP correspondent said.

"O heroes of Qassam ... may God praise you," said Said, paying tribute to the militants for firing rockets at Israel and its troops.

"You are victorious in the negotiations and you were victorious in the battles," he said, in reference to talks mediated by Egypt for a lasting ceasefire in Gaza.

During the rally masked men wearing military fatigues like those of the Qassam Brigades marched holding up mock rockets.

Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8 to stop rocket attacks on its territory and nine days later expanded it to destroy a network of tunnels used by militants.

More than 1,800 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli offensive while 67 people, mostly soldiers died on the Israeli side.

Israel and the Palestinians observed a 72-hour ceasefire from Tuesday but hostilities resumed again after it expired Friday.

Palestinian militants breached the quiet by firing rockets into Israel and Israeli warplanes retaliated by pounding targets across Gaza.

Egypt is mediating between Israelis and Palestinians and insists negotiations were making progress but Israel has recalled its delegation and warned it would not negotiate under fire.

Hundreds of people also marched to the Jordanian prime minister's office on Friday in a demonstration organised by leftist parties and trade unions to denounce the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
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1 ) Joshua / USA
08/08/2014 23:51
These "victory" celebrations are really kind of pathetic. Not a lot of celebrating happening in Gaza.

2 ) Phil / Israel
09/08/2014 11:48
@Joshua -- Exactly...it's hard to believe how many different things you hear coming from Gaza. Extreme suffering and anguish from the people...but then in the next article Hamas is bragging about how well they're doing, etc. There's lots of condemnation going on during the Israeli offensives, (and rightly so), but as soon as the Israelis start responding to these calls for restraint and pulling back, then all of a sudden Hamas is winning victories and driving them out! Really??!! Wow.

3 ) unknown / india
09/08/2014 15:41
U stupid Joshua and Phil victory in a sense that a military power like Israel cannot break their WILL power being bitten so badly by IDF.shame on Israel using fighter planes against weaponless civilians.

4 ) JoeFattal / USA
09/08/2014 18:19
It is a victory for Hamas, on the ground anyhow. Israel withdrew their ground forces prematurely because of their losses fighting Hamas. If Israel wants to win over Hamas they have to put boots on the ground and fighting them off, but its too dangerous for the IDF so they going to rely on their airstrikes instead. Its a war Israel is not going to win unless they go in for their offensive. Regardless of the civilian casualties, Hamas is winning. Israel is on the defensive, from Hamas.

5 ) Outlier / USA
10/08/2014 01:23
After viewing the images, one wonders what a Gaza loss would look like.

6 ) David / USA
10/08/2014 04:28
A victory for Hamas? Almost 2,000 people dead, complete neighborhoods flattened, and the world now sees Hamas as a psychopathic criminal band of thugs who murder their own people. Even the foreign reporters couldn't wait to leave the cess pool of Gaza and the Hamas threats on their lives if they reported the truth. Yeah, go on and claim victory, Joe. You're a bigger fool the morons in these 'victory' parades.

7 ) Dimitri / USA
10/08/2014 04:35
No surprise here, Egypt and Syria have museums dedicated to their victory in the Yom Kippur war.

8 ) JoeFattal / USA
10/08/2014 16:47
@6) David / USA My friend we cannot judge the outcome of a conflict by the amount of causalties that are inflicted in a war. Israel does hit more civilian targets and that was reported by foreign organization and countries than militants to come out with your conclusion that 2000 causalties 70% civilians is a sign of defeat. No it is not. Hamas is still around. Its the will of the people and their leaders that will not give up until they are free.
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