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France bans pro-Palestinian protests: interior minister

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France bans pro-Palestinian protests: interior minister
An image from 2021 of a protester in Paris, France holding a Palestinian flag while taking part in a protest support of the Palestinian cause. (Photo by THOMAS COEX / AFP)

France on Thursday said it was banning all pro-Palestinian demonstrations after the bloody attack on Israel by Hamas, on the grounds such protests threaten to public order.

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Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said in a note to regional prefects that the demonstrations "are likely to generate disturbances to public order", adding that organisers should face arrest.

As of Thursday, Hamas attacks had left more than 1,200 civilians dead on the Israeli side. The Gaza Ministry of Health said that 1,400 people, including 447 children, were killed.

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The Israeli army has reported nearly 170 deaths among its own ranks and on Tuesday claimed to have counted 1,500 bodies of Hamas fighters on its territory.

This story is ongoing. 

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