NICOSIA, Cyprus – Several hundred pro-Palestinian protesters have demanded a halt to military action in Gaza during a peaceful protest near the Israeli embassy in the Cypriot capital.
Monday's protest was organized by left-wing trade unions and peace groups and included Turkish Cypriot activists from the ethnically divided island's breakaway north.
Riot police standing behind a cordon of barbed wire-topped fences prevented marching protesters from approaching the embassy's entrance.
Some protesters burned a hand-painted Israeli flag.
Organizers condemned the bloodshed in Gaza and urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to stop the fighting.