Residents from Coalisland and Dungannon have taken part in two separate rallies to show their solidarity with the people of Gaza.
The rallies were attended in great numbers with many waving Palestinian flags and holding aloft posters to pledge their support for the war torn country.
At the Dungannon rally on Tuesday, Independent councillor for the area Barry Monteith introduced the speakers to the crowd of around 100 people who attended.
Activist and Independent Workers Union member Gearóid Ó Machail as well as Tyrone to Gaza campaigner John Hurson also addressed the crowds in Dungannon.
Mr Hurson called on politicians to start placing pressure on Israel to cease it’s campaign of slaughter in Gaza. Mr Hurson has visited Gaza many times bringing aid and support.
The Coalisland rally was organised by local Sinn Fein representatives on Thursday evening in the town centre.
Sinn Fein Councillor for the area Nuala Donnelly told the TIMES, the rally was to show solidarity with the people of Gaza as well as a “call for an immediate end to the Israeli army’s assault on Gaza.”
Cllr Donnelly said: “Irish people are gathering here and at many other locations across Ireland to show support for the people of Gaza and express our deep concern at the actions of Israel.
“Sinn Féin is sending a clear message that the oppression of the Palestinian people must end.
To date, more than 500 people have been killed, the vast majority Palestinian civilians, many of them children.
“Some of the imagery we have seen coming out of Gaza has been nothing short of heartbreaking. There is an onus on occupying armies to ensure that civilians are not being targeted in operations but that’s exactly what the Israeli army is doing in Gaza. Hospitals and homes have all been targeted and children killed while out playing.
“This cannot be allowed to continue. All armed actions must stop to ensure there are no more victims.
“We in Sinn Féin know from experience that the only way forward is through inclusive and meaningful dialogue.
That dialogue has to include the representatives of the Palestinian people.
“The international community must do all in its power to show that this violence will not be tolerated.”
Video of the Coalisland rally for Gaza is now live on our website www.tyronetimes.co.uk and for full page picture special from the Dungannon rally turn to page 23.