People in the Somali capital of Mogadishu took to the streets on Friday to protest Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and to show solidarity with Palestinians.
Protesters, including religious figures, youth, and women, chanted anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian slogans.
Some of them were also seen carrying Palestinian flags and placards with slogans such as “Stop the war crime,” “Free Free Palestine,” and “We demand an end to the genocide in Gaza, Palestine.”
They demanded an end to Israel’s brutal bombing campaign in Gaza.
Abshir Ahmed, a university student who took part in the rally, told Anadolu that he came to the protest “to show the world that the Palestinian issue is the issue of Somalia, and their suffering is our suffering.”
Asma Mohamed, a resident of Mogadishu’s Hamarwayne district, told Anadolu that the world needs to wake up and stop Israeli bombings on civilians in Gaza, as well as the brutal occupation of Palestinian land.
“The atrocities, war crimes against humanity have been committed against our brothers and sisters in Palestine by Israeli oppressors before cameras of international media, which we have seen them,” she said.
On Wednesday, Somalia joined the rest of the world in condemning an airstrike on the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, calling it a “war crime.”
In a statement, the Somali Foreign Ministry condemned the bombing of the hospital, which killed over 470 people, including women and children, and injured more than 340 others.
“The occupying Israeli army bears responsibility,” the ministry said.