Hundreds of Algerians donate blood for Gaza victims

Hundreds of people lined streets in Algeria's capital Thursday to donate blood for wounded Palestinians in Gaza in a government-sponsored solidarity effort, amid fears Algerian outrage over the violence could spill over at home. But the government has no estimate of when the blood will reach Gaza, because getting shipments into the Palestinian territory is extremely difficult at the moment. Algerian authorities have forbidden large pro-Palestinian demonstrations out of concern they could turn violent in a country that has long battled Islamic extremists. "We're not allowed to demonstrate, so giving our blood is the least we can do," said Nadia Chefchaoui, a schoolteacher who had been waiting two hours at a mobile blood clinic in central Algiers.