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Pro-Palestinian protest in JHB

Scores of people wearing white T-shirts and carrying placards demonstrated in Sandton.

Protesters are trying to raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinians. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Scores of pro-Palestinian demonstrators wearing white T-shirts and carrying placards reading "stop murdering our women and children" and "boycott Israel" are protesting outside the Israeli embassy.

Protesters are trying to raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinians.

At least 264 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier have been killed in airstrikes and attacks.

The situation has sparked an international outcry.

Police blocked off a large section of West Street leading to Grayston Drive in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on Friday afternoon.

Protest organiser Muhammed Desai says they stand in solidarity with the Palestinians.

"We are here to send a very clear message to the Israeli government that the killings must end."

South African Communist Party leader Thulas Nxesi says the country cannot ignore the plight of the Palestinians.

"We remain unequivocal in our support for the Palestinian people and their struggle."

Meanwhile, pro-Palestinian demonstrators took part in a march in Cape Town on Wednesday to call on the South African government to do more to highlight the plight of Palestinians.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in a demonstration led by the Muslim Judicial Council.

Demonstrators marched to Parliament to hand over a memorandum.

AIR STRIKES CONTINUE

Israel says it has the right to defend itself as Hamas continues to fire rockets into the country.

Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo called on Israel's ambassador to South Africa, Arthur Lenk, to immediately cease airstrikes in Gaza.

She also made it clear that South Africa opposed any threats of a ground invasion and urged the state of Israel to refrain from making the situation worse.

The Israeli Defence Force on Thursday announced it launched a ground invasion on Palestinian territory.

The move comes after three Israeli teenagers were found dead after being kidnapped.

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