Marchers in Center City decry Israeli raid

Protestors march down Market Street on Tuesday afternoon to protest the Monday raid on ships attempting to deliver supplies to to Gaza Strip. (Wendy Warren /

A noisy march of people opposed to Israel's action in Gaza briefly closed west Market Street in Philadelphia at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The marchers - holding signs that read "Free Gaza" and similar slogans - were marching toward City Hall, chanting "Hey hey, ho ho, the occupation has got to go." They were accompanied by police in cruisers and on motorcycles - and by a smaller group of pro-Israel demonstrators, who chanted their own slogans from the sidewalk.

Nine people were killed on Monday when Israeli armed forces stormed a flotilla of ships attempting to deliver supplies to the Gaza Strip.