Hundreds protest in Cyprus over Gaza operation

January 3, 2009 16:08

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators have pelted Cypriot riot police with rocks, sticks, shoes and oranges near the Israeli embassy in Nicosia. A peaceful protest turned violent Saturday when some protesters tried to pull away barbed wire and break through a line of riot police blocking a road leading to the Israeli embassy. The demonstrators eventually stopped and dispersed after protest leaders pleaded with them to stop. About 2,000 demonstrators, including Palestinians and Greek and Turkish Cypriots, had earlier converged in the center of the Cypriot capital to protest Israel's 8-day old campaign in Gaza.

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