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CPT protests against Gaza/Israel conflict

Several high profile dignitaries including Archbishop Desmond Tutu are participating in the march.

Pro-Palestinian march in Cape Town. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN -Tens of thousands of people are making their way through the streets of the Cape Town CBD in protest against the ongoing violent conflict in Gaza.

Several high profile dignitaries including Archbishop Desmond Tutu are participating in the march.

Thousands of people gathered in Keizergracht Street before embarking on a march to Parliament.

The people are brandishing placards that read "save Gaza, free Palestine, stop the bombing and killing of our children".

As the crowd descending on the CBD grows larger, several roads are being closed causing major traffic delays in and around the city.

This is the second major march to be held in the city in support of Palestine.

Last week thousands gathered in support of Israel at Huddle Park in Linksfield in Johannesburg.

The South African Zionist Federation organised the event to show solidarity with Israel as it continues its offensive in Gaza.

There was a large police contingent and private security guards.

KING DAVID HIGH WANTS HEAD BOY REMOVED

An online petition has emerged calling for the deputy head-boy of the King David High School in Victory Park to be removed from his position, after he appeared in a photo on Faceboook in opposition to human rights violations in Gaza.

The petition is addressed to the South African Jewish Board of Educators and calls on it to revoke Joshua Broomberg's title and honours awards at the school.

Broomberg appeared in the photo wearing a Palestinain scarf and flag in the form of a badge and signatories of the petition say he has brought the school into disrepute.

The petition was started by a user named concerned Zionist and is addressed to the school's principal Gavin Budd.

There are currently just over 1,000 signatures on the petition.

Broomberg posted a response to the petition on his Facebook page today:

Post by Josh Broomberg.

Meanwhile, Israel launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to Palestinian rockets fired after Egyptian-mediated talks failed to extend a 72-hour truce in the month-long war.

As rocket-warning sirens sounded in southern Israel, the military said Hamas had fired at least 18 rockets from Gaza and Israel's "Iron Dome" interceptor system brought down two. Gaza militants said they had fired 10 rockets on Friday.

In the first casualties since hostilities resumed on Friday, Palestinian medical officials said a 10-year-old boy was killed in an Israeli strike near a mosque in Gaza City. In Israel, police said two people were injured by mortar fire from Gaza.

After a huge explosion in Gaza City, apparently from an air raid, a military spokesperson said Israel had responded to Hamas rocket fire by launching air strikes at "terror sites" across the Gaza Strip.

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