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Jeneen Ijawi (12) from Dublin holds up two names of children killied in Gaza at Wednesday's protest. Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Irish protests to be stepped up today as Gaza conflict escalates

More than 800 Palestinians and 36 Israelis have died since the start of the conflict, over two weeks ago.

DEMONSTRATIONS WILL BE held at fifteen locations across country today, as the Irish campaign of protest against the spiraling conflict in Gaza steps up a gear.

More than 850 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 36 Israelis have died since the start of the violence earlier this month.

Several thousand people attended the country’s largest protest last Saturday, in Dublin — while around 300 attended a march on Wednesday in the capital to mark two weeks since the start of the conflict.

Once again, today’s Dublin march will commence at 2pm at the Spire. The demonstration in Cork starts at Daunt Square at 1pm, and in Limerick a ‘solidarity vigil’ gets under way at 2pm. The full times and locations are available here.

Israel launched its offensive on 8 July with a declared intention of stopping Hamas from firing rockets across the border.

It has extended its operation in recent days to destroy tunnels dug by militants.

Yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan described the previous night’s Israeli attack on a UN-run school in Gaza as an “atrocity”.

The country’s ambassador was called to a meeting by the Minister and informed of Ireland’s “grave concerns” about the shelling, which killed 15 people.

Read Israeli attack on UN school an “atrocity” — Charlie Flanagan

Read: Palestinian family finds missing son ‘by chance’ – in YouTube video of his death

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