VICENZA: Protesters clashed with police within the Italian metropolis of Vicenza on Saturday (Jan 20) after an indication towards the presence of Israeli exhibitors at a world jewelry honest.
Police used water cannon towards demonstrators who fired smoke bombs and flares after violence erupted after a deliberate march by a whole bunch of individuals, some holding up banners saying “Free Palestine” and “Cease Bombing Gaza”.
Greater than 1,300 exhibitors from nearly 40 international locations are exhibiting on the Vicenzaoro honest, which opened on Friday and runs till Tuesday, based on organisers.
A spokesperson advised AFP the clashes occurred a number of kilometres away and had no impression on the occasion, whereas declining to offer data on the Israeli presence on the honest.
Vicenza mayor Giacomo Possamai mentioned there was “no justification” for the violence.
“It additionally hurts the causes that it claims to help – it’s a contradiction in phrases to show for peace and a ceasefire by means of violence,” he mentioned in an announcement posted on social media.
Palestinian militant group Hamas launched an unprecedented assault on Israel on Oct 7, ensuing within the loss of life of about 1,140 folks, principally civilians, based on an AFP tally based mostly on official figures.
Militants additionally seized about 250 hostages, round 132 of whom Israel says stay in Gaza. At the least 27 captives are believed to have been killed, based on an AFP tally based mostly on Israeli figures.
Vowing to destroy Hamas, Israel has been conducting a relentless air and floor offensive in Gaza that has killed not less than 24,927 Palestinians, round 70 p.c of them girls, kids and adolescents, based on the well being ministry in Hamas-run territory.