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Thousands in Britain Protest Mideast Violence

Thousands of people in cities across Britain have rallied to protest Israeli military action in Lebanon.

A march through central London Saturday drew the largest numbers. Police estimate that crowd at seven thousand people. Many of them carried Lebanese flags.

British Muslim groups organized the protests.

The current Mideast crisis began July 12, when Hezbollah guerrillas kidnapped two Israeli soldiers and killed eight in a raid. Israel then launched an offensive on Hezbollah militias based in Lebanon.

More than 300 Lebanese and 34 Israelis have died in the violence.

Hundreds more have been wounded.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.