Two rallies to mark International Womens' Day were held in the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

In the first of two rallies, banners read " Stop the Siege on Gaza" and " Stop killing women," according to the UN office in Gaza city.  The organizers of the rally then delivered a petition to UN office chief in Gaza City, Sabah Al Akali, demanding an urgent UN Security Council meeting to end the Israeli siege and attacks on the Palestinian coastal region.  During this week alone, Israeli attacks have left 77 Palestinians dead, among them 18 women.

The second rally was organized by the Union of Palestinian Women in front of the Palestinian Legislative Council building in Gaza City.  The protesters demanded more rights for women and an increased role in Palestinian politics and governance.