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Pro-Palestine Protesters March to UN Headquarters in New York

Image: Safa Khouli, center, of New York, marches in support of ending the violence in Gaza during a rally in New York, Saturday, Aug. 9.
Safa Khouli, center, of New York, marches in support of ending the violence in Gaza during a rally in New York, Saturday, Aug. 9. Craig Ruttle / AP

NEW YORK — A sea of Palestinians and their sympathizers lined Manhattan streets Saturday, marching to the United Nations and shouting that Israel's response to missile attacks was genocide that took children's lives.

"What they're doing is wrong," said Ayia Mustafa, 12, of the New York borough of Bronx. "I'm here to protest what's going on in Gaza. What's going on is wrong — bad things like killing children."

She was among about 500 demonstrators who walked to the United Nations on Manhattan's East Side after gathering behind police barricades off Columbus Circle to protest Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip.

In midtown Manhattan, police on motorcycles stood by, engines revved up to accompany the marchers before they peacefully headed toward the United Nations building.

In the image above, Safa Khouli, center, of New York, marches in support of ending the violence in Gaza during a rally in New York on Saturday.

Image: Palestinians march during a protest in New York
Palestinians march during a protest in New York against Israeli military action in Gaza on August 9. Israel launched more than 30 air attacks in Gaza on Saturday, killing nine Palestinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel as the conflict entered a second month, defying international efforts to revive a ceasefire. EDUARDO MUNOZ / Reuters
— The Associated Press