Palestinian flags and the black-and-white keffiyeh scarf flew high in Kuwait's Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium as soccer fans unleashed their emotions in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

Thousands of Palestinians turned out at the 60,000-seat venue for the game against Australia, the territory's first in front of fans since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.

"Palestine is in our hearts. We came to the stadium, old and young, in support," said Anfal Al-Azmi, a 45-year-old Kuwaiti woman.