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French envoy in solidarity trip to Syria protest city

France's ambassador to Syria travelled to the flashpoint city of Hama to show solidarity with the victims of a crackdown on anti-government protestors, officials said on Friday.

“He went to show France’s engagement with the victims, the civilian population,” foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told reporters, adding that the envoy went to Hama on Thursday.

Hundreds of people have fled Hama ahead of demonstrations Friday under the banner of “no to dialogue” with President Bashar al-Assad. More than 150,000 protesters gathered after weekly prayers to defy the regime, activists said.

“The French ambassador did go to Hama yesterday,” Valero confirmed in Paris. “In particular, he went to one of the main hospitals in the city where he met medical teams, the wounded and their families.

“France repeats its concern over the fate of the inhabitants of the city of Hama, and its condemnation of the violence being carried out by Syrian authorities against the protesters and the civilian population.”

The United States’ ambassador to Syria also visited Hama on Thursday, leading the regime to accuse Washington of fomenting trouble and meddling in its internal affairs.

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French Interior Minister asks police to ban pro-Palestinian Paris protest

France's interior minister on Thursday asked police to ban a pro-Palestinian protest in Paris this weekend over the conflict with Israel fearing a repeat of clashes during a similar situation in 2014.

French Interior Minister asks police to ban pro-Palestinian Paris protest
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin asked the Paris police chief to ban the protests on Saturday linked to the recent tensions in the Middle East. Photo: Guillaume HORCAJUELO POOL / AFP

Activists had called the protest in the Barbès district of northern Paris to demonstrate against Israel’s use of force in the Gaza Strip in response to the rocket fire by militant group Hamas at the Jewish state.

“I have asked the Paris police chief to ban the protests on Saturday linked to the recent tensions in the Middle East,” Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin wrote on Twitter.

“Serious disturbances to public order were seen in 2014,” he added, urging police chiefs elsewhere in France to also remain vigilant over demonstrations.

In a circular seen by AFP, he also urged local police chiefs to assure the “protection of places of worship, schools, cultural centres and businesses of the Jewish community.”

Several demonstrations took place in France during July 2014 to denounce an Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

On July 19, 2014, several thousand protesters defied a ban on a demonstration at Barbes and the rally rapidly degenerated into violent clashes that lasted for hours.

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