Pop star Shakira made a plea for a cease fire in Lebanon Thursday, before performing at a concert in Athens. "So many mothers and children are dying every day and that's something we cannot tolerate, not today, not in the 21st century," said the Colombian singer whose father is from Lebanon.
"I want to call (on) the US leaders to stop this war, because we all know that they can stop it," she said.
"I just hope that there is a diplomatic and international intervention right away, I think it's necessary." Shakira is on her Oral Fixation world tour. Her remarks were well received in Greece, which has evacuated 1,700 people from Lebanon 500 Greece and 1,200 non-Greeks and where near daily demonstrations have been held against the Israeli attacks.
Late Thursday, about 500 people marched to the Israeli embassy to protest the bombings.
At the rally backed by Greece's Communist Party, youths chanted "Israelis, Americans Killers," and burned two homemade Israeli flags.