Washington - Thousands of people demanded an end to Israeli raids in the Gaza Strip in a protest on Tuesday outside the US State Department in Washington.
Protesters carrying red-white-green-and-black Palestinian flags and wearing black-and-white checkered head scarves chanted slogans like "Stop the Killing, Stop the War, Stop the Genocide of Palestinians."
Some of them also held aloft banners that read "Stop US Aid to Israel" and "Free, Free Palestine."
An AFP reporter said there initially appeared to be around 200 protesters, but a larger crowd returned to the State Department later in the evening following a march to the White House.
A police officer said he estimated the later crowd at around 2 500 protesters, while organisers said the number was closer to 5 000 people. Police said the demonstration passed off peacefully.