Saturday November 25, 2023
Hundreds of people, including foreign nationals in Djibouti, participated in the African Peace March in solidarity with Palestinians in the Djiboutian city of Arta on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.
The peace rally was organised by Djibouti’s Sports Ministry.
Turkish citizens and diplomats, including the Turkish Ambassador to Djibouti, Cenk Uraz, also participated in the peace march.
As an embassy, we participated in the African Peace March organised by the Ministry of Sports of Djibouti in Arta in solidarity with Palestine
the Turkish Embassy in Djibouti said in a brief statement on X.
The marchers were waving banners with peace slogans and flags of several countries, including the flags of Turkiye, Qatar, Morocco and Palestine.
The Peace March comes as the four-day humanitarian pause between the Israeli army and Hamas came into effect on Friday morning in all areas of the Gaza Strip, temporarily stopping attacks for prisoner exchange and aid.
The pause commenced at 7 am local time (0500GMT).
Israel estimates that at least 239 Israelis are being held by Hamas following the cross-border attack by the Palestinian group on 7 October.
Djibouti, a small but strategic Horn of African nation, is part of countries that have taken a legal route to hold Israel accountable for its actions against the Palestinians.
Israel launched relentless air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip following the Hamas attack, killing more than 14,854 Palestinians, including 6,150 children and over 4,000 women, according to health authorities in the enclave.
The Israeli death toll, meanwhile, is around 1,200, according to official figures.