Preston City Council will be flying the Palestinian flag above the town hall tomorrow as a mark of solidarity with the people of Gaza.

Despite protests throughout the world, Israel has continued its assault and aggression on the civilian population of Gaza.

The current death toll stands at over 650, with another nearly 5000 injured and over 100,000 displaced.

Mukhtar Master, Chair of Children of the Ghetto said, “I am delighted that Preston City Council have agreed to our request to fly the Palestinian flag. The gesture is small however its symbolism and meaning is monumental and historic.”

The flag will be flown from 5pm tomorrow until Monday.

Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston City Council said, “I am appalled at the Israeli assault on Gaza and also at the response of our government. As Leader of Preston City Council, I am pleased to be able to demonstrate our sympathy with the Palestinians through raising their flag over the town hall. We are also exploring other ways in which we can help and support Gaza".

Ilyas Desai, Imam of the Shuhudah Mosque, Deepdale added, “The Palestinian flag will fly loud and proud as a symbol of Preston’s solidarity with the Palestinian’s of Gaza. However, it should really be at half-mast as a mark of respect for all the Palestinian lives which have been lost".

Michael Lavalette Former Preston City Councillor, said, “The people of Preston are always passionate when it comes to the injustices suffered by the people of Palestine. This gesture just epitomises this passion and strength of feeling of all Prestonians.

Ismail Timol Secretary of Children of the Ghetto said, “I am absolutely delighted and over-whelmed by the council’s decision to stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Considering the horrific death and destruction that they are going through, I have no doubt that this unprecedented news will reach the people of Gaza and give them some type of comfort. “I can proudly say that my city of Preston stands shoulder to shoulder with Palestine.”