Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca, MoroccoiStock

Tens of thousands of Moroccans demonstrated Sunday in the country's commercial capital Casablanca, calling for a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the suspension of diplomatic ties with Israel, AFP reports.

According to the report, the demonstrators waved Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) flags and demanded that Rabat suspend ties with Israel.

"It is not a truce that we need, but a permanent ceasefire" to give a chance "for peace, for the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state, with its capital in Jerusalem," socialist MP Nabila Mounib told AFP.

She said she hoped to see "the return of all those exiled in the Palestinian diaspora" and the release of Palestinian Arab prisoners.

Morocco renewed its official relations with Israel amid a string of normalization deals between Israel and Arab countries, brokered by the Trump administration in late 2020.

Pro-Palestinian Arab demonstrations had declined in recent years in Morocco, but have surged since the Gaza war broke out.