Pupils and parents at Edinburgh school stage walkout in gesture of solidarity

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Students and parents at an Edinburgh high school staged a walkout in support of those affected by the ongoing conflict in Palestine.

Pupils and parents of all different backgrounds at James Gillespie's High School were involved in the walkout on Thursday, June 20, calling for a ceasefire and an end to occupation.

Images show a large crowd walking out of the grounds towards Bruntsfield Links with flags and banners at 2pm.

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A parent at the school, Ranaa Ahmed, said the school is one of the city's most multi-cultural and includes pupils of Palestinian heritage who are "traumatised" by recent events.

Sara, a Palestinian parent who was one of the organisers, said: "Human rights charity Amnesty International has called for an immediate ceasefire to end unprecedented civilian suffering and UNICEF has declared that the situation in Gaza is a war on children.

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"Our children are eager to voice their concerns and to show solidarity with the children of Palestine. We hope that this social action will shine a light on the plight of the Palestinian people and put pressure on the UK government to call for a permanent ceasefire."

Simona, a parent with two children at the school who took part, added: "We decided to take part in the walkout today to show our support for the innocent Palestinian people who are suffering so horribly in the siege of Gaza, especially the children who are being killed, maimed and losing parents. It's heartbreaking. Anyone with humanity should want this to stop."

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Palestinian pupil Aisha in S3 commented: "It has been very difficult for me to see what's happening in Gaza because I have family there. I feel very scared for their safety. Coming together like this with other pupils to raise awareness, helps me feel like I'm doing something."

It is understood the walkout was held without permission from the school.