Quito, Dec 14 (EFE) – A vigil was held Thursday amid the rain in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, where Israel-Hamas conflict has been raging since Oct. 7.
The vigil, organized by leftist groups, was attended by scores of people, expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Using megaphones, the protesters chanted slogans such as “Palestine resist, let no one conquer you,” “Latinos with you Palestine,” and “Israel, murderer of the Palestinian people.”
Demonstrators, waving Palestinian flags, also held banners conveying messages against war and in favor of peace and a ceasefire in Gaza.
As the sun set, the protesters lit candles. Despite a sudden rain extinguishing some flames, the demonstrators persisted with their slogans.
Earlier, demonstrations supporting Palestine have been held in front of the Israeli Embassy, but Thursday’s gathering occurred at a busy intersection in the city.
According to UN reports, the ongoing conflict has left nearly 18,800 dead and over 50,000 wounded in Gaza, leading to a humanitarian and health crisis in the besieged enclave.
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has warned that half of the population in Gaza is starving, with nine out of ten people not receiving enough food. EFE