|People of all ages came out in Zenica tonight to show|
their solidarity with the Palestinian population.
Waving Palestinian flags and carrying signs which called for an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory, locals organised the demonstration following recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, which saw 161 Palestinians - including 71 civilians - killed in the space of eight days.
One of the organisers of the event, Semir Topoljak, told ZenicaBlog that the deaths of innocent Palestinians during Israel's week-long offensive forced him and others to take action.
"The whole world has condemned the Israeli attacks on the civilian population of Gaza and the Palestinian people," Topoljak said, "And we in Zenica felt the need to express our protest over the plight of the people of Palestine."
The crowd - which included a relatively-equal proportion of men and women - peacefully marched from the city's central square to the National Theatre, where a public forum in support of Palestinians was organised, with speakers including representatives of the Embassy of Palestine in BiH.
Tonight's gathering in Zenica comes a week after a similar demonstration in Sarajevo, with many local Muslims comparing Israel's current attacks on Gaza to the acts of violence committed during the Bosnian war in the early 1990s.