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Anti-Israel protest in Philippine capital

A protester hits a portrait of US President George W Bush with a shoe during a rally at the Israeli Embassy at Manila's financial district of Makati city, Philippines, in continuing protest against Israeli attacks in Gaza that have killed hundreds of Palestinians and injured thousands more. (AP)


More than 100 activists held a noisy protest outside the heavily-secured Israeli embassy in the Philippine capital Manila on Tuesday to demand an end to the Jewish state's invasion of Gaza.

The activists chanted anti-Israel slogans branding it as a puppet of the United States and hoisted posters of dead Palestinian children and a section of the Gaza Strip going up in smoke after an Israeli air raid.

"End the invasion, free Palestine," the protesters chanted. "Stop the siege of Gaza."

One banner read "US-Israel terrorists."

Armed police guarded the office building housing the embassy, but the protesters later disbanded peacefully.

Israeli tanks supported by helicopter gunships earlier moved into the city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip before dawn. Officials said Monday that intense clashes between Israel and Hamas had forced the Philippine government to abandon its attempt to evacuate a group of Filipino nationals from Gaza.