Teachers and students of different educational institutions, including Chittagong University and Asian University for Women, form a human chain before Chittagong Press Club yesterday protesting Israel's attacks on Gaza. Photo: Star
A cross section of people in Bangladesh has protested and strongly condemned Israel's military attacks on Gaza in the last five days.
Students and teachers of colleges and universities in Chittagong, Rajshahi University and Jahangirnagar University demonstrated yesterday condemning Israel's brutality and demanding a stop to the military raids in Gaza.
In Chittagong, teachers and students of different educational institutions formed a human chain in front of Chittagong Press Club. Two Palestinian students, Asmaa Abu Shabad and Noor Annazar, studying at Asian University for Women, attended the programme, reports our Chittagong correspondent.
Noor Annazar, whose parents and two brothers are in Palestine, said she is afraid for the safety of her family members. She asked people from all over the world to come forward and oppose the attacks on her country.
Chittagong University and Government City College students, among others, participated in the programme.
Meanwhile, students, teachers, staff and different organisations of RU under the banner “Youth Society against Aggression” brought out a procession on the campus demanding that Israel stop its attacks on Gaza, reports our RU correspondent.
They also formed a human chain in front of the RU central library.
In Jahangirnagar University, over 200 students and teachers formed a human chain on the campus asking the international community to come forward to save the Palestinians, according to our JU correspondent.
Condemning international rights organisations, they said no body is pressurising Israel to call off its attacks.
Ruling Awami League spokesperson and LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam urged for international initiatives to stop the heinous killings in Gaza.
"This type of barbaric attack in the month of Ramadan is totally unexpected, and the people of Bangladesh along with the rest of the world are stunned to see such a kind of attack," he said in a press statement.
Bangladesh Workers Party, an ally of the AL, also protested and condemned Israel's air strikes. The party, in a press statement, questioning the role of United States of America, termed the country Israel's guardian.
Meanwhile, HM Ershad, Jatiya Party chairman and prime minister's special envoy, also heavily criticised the attacks.
He wrote an article, which was published in Bangladesh Protidin on Saturday, urging the UN and international community to mount pressure on Israel to cease its attacks.
Over 127 Palestinians have so far been killed since Israel began its air strikes five days ago, according to media reports.