A demonstration condemning the Israeli assault on Gaza was held today after Friday Jumma prayers in Oaddamaavadi, in Batticaloa district. Special prayers for the well being of the people of Palestine were also held in mosques in Eastern Sri Lanka, Colombo based premier Tamil daily Virakesari reported.
The demonstrators gathered in front of their mosques and marched to the grounds near Oaddamaavadi bridge.
The protesters called on Israel to halt its military operation in the Gaza Strip where hundreds of Palestinians, including women and children, have been killed in several weeks of Israeli military operation.
The protesters directed their anger mainly at Israel and United States. They torched flags of these countries and burnt effigies of Israel and US leaders.