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  Updated: August 13, 2006

Israeli offensive protested in Lucknow, Mumbai

By: Nizam Hussain

MUMBAI, India: Indian Muslims held an anti-U.S.-Israeli protest in Bombay Saturday, Aug. 12, against the killing of civilians in Lebanon and Palestinian territories by Israel.

Holding banner inscribed with statements condemning Israeli atrocities, the protestors were holding portraits of late founder of Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatullah Ruhullah Al-Khomeini.

Israeli flag was also torched during the protest.

In Lucknow, a big protest rally was staged protesting the Israeli offensive in Lebanon and demanding that the Indian government raise its voice against the attacks.

Led by newly-formed political outfit People's Democratic Front's Chairman and noted Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, the protestors, who gathered after offering Friday namaz, burnt American flags and raised anti-US slogans.

Holding placards, banners and photographs of injured childern in Lebanon, they demanded that the UPA government at the Centre raise voice against Israel's offensive.

Addressing the gathering, Maulana Kalbe Jawwad said the Centre should exert pressure on the UN for ensuring an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon.

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