Young republicans stage 24 hour fast in solidarity with Gaza
Young republicans from the Mairead Farrell Republican Youth group are taking part in a 24 fast to raise funds for people in Gaza.
Speaking ahead of a solidarity vigil on the Whiterock Road, Eoin MacShane, chair of the group, said;
"Young people across the world have been outraged at the suffering of the people of Gaza caused by the Israeli onslaught.
"In particular, the deliberate targeting of children and the shelling of schools in which people are sheltering has resonated with young people.
"As a result of the brutal bombardment of Gaza, together with the ongoing Israeli blockade, there is a growing humanitarian crisis among the Palestinian people.
"We wanted to do something to help and to give people an opportunity to show their opposition to the Israeli brutality in Gaza so we decided to stage a 24 hour sponsored fast.
"The funds raised will go directly to aid organisations helping the people of Gaza.
"Working with the Whiterock Residents Group we decided to stage a solidarity camp to show our support for the people of Palestine."