Oslo city hall raises Palestinian flag in solidarity with Gaza

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Oslo city hall raises Palestinian flag in solidarity with Gaza
Oslo city hall hoisted the flag of Palestine on Wednesday, Pictured is a file photo of the town hall. Pictured is Oslo town hall during the winter. Photo by Theo Eilertsen Photography on Unsplash

Oslo's city hall on Wednesday raised the Palestinian flag in a show of solidarity with the people of Gaza, where thousands have lost their lives as Israel has retaliated for the October 7th attack by Hamas.


The initiative coincides with the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, celebrated since 1978 following the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly.

"When we know that more than 5,000 children have lost their lives, equivalent to more than 275 school classes, it is only natural to remember them today" Oslo mayor Anne Lindboe told AFP on the sidelines of the event, which brought together a handful of pro-Palestinian activists.

"It is very important to highlight that Oslo should be a city for everyone, where both our small Jewish minority and those with a Palestinian background should feel safe, seen and included," she added.

On Saturday, the municipality also organised a commemoration in honour of the Israeli victims of the October 7th attack.


That day, Hamas broke through Gaza's militarised border in an attack that Israeli officials said killed about 1,200 people, with around 240 hostages taken.

Israel's retaliatory strikes alongside a ground offensive have killed about 15,000 people, according to the Hamas government in Gaza.

Queried by AFP, the Israeli embassy in Norway said it had "no issue" withthis gesture of solidarity towards the Palestinians.


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