Published: 2017-12-10 18:55
Last Updated: 2017-12-10 18:55
Thousands of demonstrators continued to flood the streets in Istanbul, protesting against U.S. president Donald Trump’s latest decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and to recognize it as an Israeli capital.
Palestinian ambassador to Ankara Fayed Mustafa spoke at one of the rallies stating, “the peace can never be prevailed without independence of Palestine and Palestine cannot be an independent state without Jerusalem as its capital,” Turkish News Agency of Anadolu reported.
Women, men, children, and families were at the Turkish squares to show solidarity with Palestinians and to support Palestinian right in Jerusalem as a religious site.
Although the rally started late due to heavy rainfall, the turn up increased throughout the day, with demonstrators holding Palestinian and Turkish flags and chanting supportive words to Hamas and the Palestinian resistance.
Trump announced his highly controversial decision on Wednesday, triggering demonstrations at many Islamic countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, alongside violent escalations in Gaza and the West Bank.