A rally in solidarity with Israel took place outside the GPO on O'Connell Street in Dublin.

People turned out to express their views supporting Israel's declared aim to defend itself against the rocket attacks on its citizens launched by Hamas in Gaza.

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas remains intact following the offensive Israel said it launched to halt rocket fire on Israeli cities.

At least 166 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed during the eight-day offensive.

The ceasefire, which was brokered by Egypt last Wednesday, requires both sides to halt all hostilities, with Israel desisting from incursions and targeting of individuals, while all Palestinian factions should ease rocked fire and cross-border attacks.

Speaking at the rally, Labour Party councillor Richard Humphreys said: "This is a day when we stand in solidarity, friendship and dialogue with Israel.

"Israel's right to exist must be acknowledged, as the only Jewish state in the world and the only liberal secular democracy in the Middle East," he added.