Thousands of Palestinian protesters took to the streets in Gaza on Sunday, demanding an end to Israeli occupation and the resignation of President Mahmoud Abbas.
The demonstrators chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as the deaths of thousands of Palestinians, many of whom were killed in the Israeli offensive.
“Our country is not in a state of war,” one demonstrator, Ahmad Mahmoud, said during a rally in the central Gaza town of Khan Younis.
“We are not afraid to fight.”
Abbas, who has called on Palestinians to continue fighting the Israeli military, resigned on Monday amid international condemnation of the attack, and has since stepped down as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA).
“The people of Gaza are united in the call for Abbas to resign and withdraw from office,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.
“This is the only way to secure the unity of the people of the occupied territories and the resistance against occupation and occupation occupation-Israel.”
Hamas’ main rival, Fatah, has called for the resignation.
The Palestinians have launched a week-long protest in support of the Israeli attacks, with demonstrations and marches in many cities and towns across the occupied West Bank.
Israeli forces have launched several airstrikes in Gaza, killing at least 10 Palestinians, including seven children, and one Israeli civilian.
In a televised address on Monday, the Palestinian president said the attacks were “not justified by national security interests”.
“The attacks have the aim to destroy the legitimate and legitimate aspirations of the resistance,” Abbas said, adding: “I am not an extremist.
I do not support terrorism, nor do I support any armed group or terrorist organisation.
I have never used any weapons in my life.”
The violence has left at least 6,000 Palestinians dead, with many others injured, and more than 1,100 Palestinians wounded, according to UN figures.
The UN also reported that hundreds of Palestinian homes in the West