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Hundreds attend Inverness rally organised by Highland - Palestine in call for Gaza ceasefire

By Val Sweeney

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Hundreds took part in a rally outside Inverness Town House calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.
Hundreds took part in a rally outside Inverness Town House calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

More than 300 people joined in a rally outside Inverness Town House calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, according to campaigners.

They were told about the everyday struggle for survival facing the Gazan relatives of an Inverness family who have already lost two family members, including a 13-year year old who was killed in the blast from a bomb dropped on an ambulance outside Al Shifa hospital.

It is the fifth Saturday running that the group, Highland - Palestine, has organised rallies calling for a ceasefire and urgent provision of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

Israel began attacking Gaza after Hamas fighters crossed the border on 7 October, killing 1200 Israelis and taking more than 200 hostage.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says 13,000 people, including children and women, have been killed in the territory since Israel began its retaliatory action.

The crowd outside Inverness Town House.
The crowd outside Inverness Town House.

More than 180 people attended the first rally held by Highland - Palestine in Inverness on October 21. The campaign group said numbers have grown since then.

There has been testimony from local doctors and nurses who have previous experience of working alongside colleagues in Al Shifa, Al Ahli and other hospitals in Gaza.

A nurse currently working in Raigmore Hospital has also spoken about the year she spent in Gaza working for the International Red Cross.

The rallies have been addressed by local politicians including Inverness MP Drew Hendry, Highlands and Islands MSP Ariane Burgess and Highland councillor Chris Ballance.

Highland - Palestine says it intends to continue the rallies every Saturday for the foreseeable future.

Jim Malone, of the Fire Brigades Union and Dundee Trades Union Council, will address next week's event.

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