Scots council raises Palestine flag above town hall in solidarity with Gaza

Council raises Palestinian flag over Dumbarton town hall. (Brian McGuire)

A Scots council has raised the Palestine flag over its municipal building in solidarity with the besieged people of Gaza.

The flag was hoisted over Dumbarton town hall in West Dunbartonshire on Tuesday after the provost agreed to the move.

A spokeswoman for the council said the flag was not in support of either side but of the people suffering in Gaza.

She said: “The flag is not being raised in support of Hamas or the Israeli Army but to raise awareness of the suffering and deaths of over two thousand people in Gaza

“The Council hopes that by flying the flag we can raise awareness of the suffering of the people of Gaza and hope there will be a ceasefire which can bring peace and stability to the people of Gaza.”

The move by the council comes as the United Nations (UN) called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire to put an end to the conflict.

The escalating violence in Gaza has cost hundreds of lives as the international community attempt to intervene to stop the violence.

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The Scottish Government this week announced it would give £500,000 of aid funding to help the people of Gaza and Prime Minister David Cameron also pledged an extra £3m aid.

In England, Preston City Council and Bradford Council have also flown the Palestinian flag.

Tower Hamlets’ mayor Lutfur Rahman faced criticism after he ordered the Palestine flag to be raised over the town hall, which was ripped down by pro-Israel vandals the next day.

South American countries, including Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia have recalled their ambassadors from Israel in protest over the fighting in Gaza.

1,462 Palestinians have been killed and more than 8,000 injured since the Israel began its siege on July 7. At least 70 Israelis, mainly soldiers have died.

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