Protests against war in Gaza
Across the country people gathered to voice their anger over Isreali actions.
Several demonstrations were staged across the country in protest against the war in Gaza. On Saturday Israeli ground troops invaded the Gaza Strip, one of the world's most densely populated areas.
In Antwerp a demonstration attracted a crowd of 500. The demo was organised by the Association for the Development and Emancipation of Muslims. The protesters voiced their support for mothers and children in the Gaza Strip.
The Arab European League also called on people to join the demonstration.
There was a massive police presence in the northern port city, but no incidents were reported. The police were concerned about possible troublemakers. The original route of the demonstration was changed at the last minute in order to steer the protesters away from the main shopping streets where the sales are in full swing.
A similar demonstration was also staged in Brussels. 1,500 people gathered outside the stock exchange, a frequent rallying point for militants.
25 organisations protest in Leuven
A similar protest was also staged in Leuven (Flemish Brabant). Some 300 people in the university city joined the demonstration against the Israeli offensive in Gaza.
Protesters carried banners urging a boycott against Israel.
They also held a minute's silence in remembrance of the 500 people that have already been killed and the 2,300 that have been wounded.
The protest was organised by a group of twenty-five local associations.
The demonstrators called on the Belgian Government and the European Union to condemn the Israeli attack and demanded the immediate suspension of the EU - Israel trade accord. They also want Israel to comply with international law.