Hundreds of left-wing and human rights activists marched in the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday night to protest the massive Israel Air Force offensive in Gaza that left at least 230 dead and hundreds more wounded.

The protesters marched from Tel Aviv's Cinematheque toward the Defense Ministry offices. Police, some mounted on horseback, surrounded the protesters, arresting five of them.

According to the protesters, Israel's military action in Gaza does not protect Israeli citizens or provide them security.

"No one can tell us that slaughtering the citizens of Gaza is meant to protect the citizens of Sderot and Ashkelon," said Matan Kaminer, a student who participated in the march.

Some protesters complained of extraneous force on the part of horse-mounted police, but overall the march remained non-violent.

Similar protests took place in Arab villages in the Galilee and in Bedouin villages in the Negev.