Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, have once again taken to the streets of Abuja to protest and express solidarity with the Palestinians. They are urging Nigerians to support the oppressed Palestinian population in the wake of Israel’s relentless attacks, mainly targeting women and children over the years.
This demonstration comes in response to the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which has resulted in the loss of innocent lives and extensive damage in Gaza.
According to reports, the protest was organized by IMN and began at the Annur Mosque in Wuse 2 along the IBB way, immediately following the Juma’at Prayer. The demonstration culminated at the traffic light on Ahmadu Bello Way, where American and Israeli flags were burned as a symbol of protest.
IMN had previously held a protest during the week, burning Israeli flags and decrying the ongoing bombardments in Gaza. Sheikh Sidi Munir Sokoto, a member of the movement, explained that the protests were aimed at condemning Israeli soldiers’ killing of Palestinians in Gaza.
Sokoto cited reports confirming the deaths of hundreds of Palestinians and thousands of injuries. The United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) had previously published a damning indictment against Israel, accusing its soldiers of deliberately shooting civilians, including children, journalists, and medics in Gaza.
The statement by IMN emphasized that Israel was in violation of international law, while Palestinians were fighting for their right to return after being displaced from their homeland by Israel. The statement further supported the armed struggle as legitimate under international law.
Gaza has been under Israeli siege since June 2007, leading to declining living standards for its residents.
The statement concluded by calling on Nigerians to break their silence and raise their voices to support the oppressed Palestinians. It urged people to support justice and oppose oppression, following the teachings of their leader, Shaikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
A recent report by RT cited the Palestinian Health Ministry, indicating that among the 1,417 killed in Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip, 447 were children, and 248 were women. The ministry also reported 6,268 wounded since the conflict escalated.
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