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In pictures: Pro-Palestinian rallies

People lay on the ground with Palestinian flags during a demonstration in Paris, France

The Israeli offensive in Gaza has sparked worldwide anti-war demonstrations, with tens of thousands of people joining rallies in the US, Middle East and Europe - including in Paris pictured above.

Several thousand join a pro-Palestinian rally close to the White House in Washington DC

In Washington, several thousand demonstrators gathered outside the White House to protest against what they see as the Bush administration's apparent backing of Israel.

Protesters force their way through a barrier outside the Israeli embassy in London

In London, there were violent scenes as police confronted several hundred protesters who threw stones and smashed windows outside the Israeli embassy.

Police stand back as a firework is thrown at the Israeli embassy in London

Police said up to 20,000 people marched through central London to protest against the Israeli action in Gaza. The BBC estimated the figure could have been as high as 50,000.

A demonstrator in Germany holds a poster reading: "Stop the war"

Across Germany, more than 40,000 people protested against the Gaza offensive, while arrests were reported at similar rallies in Denmark and Paris.

Lebanese people watch a float depicting a coffin and a poster of a Palestinian child victim

Meanwhile in southern Lebanon, thousands of demonstrators heard angry speeches against Israel's military action at a rally organised by the militant group Hezbollah, which supports Hamas.

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