Thousands protest in London over Israel-Gaza violence

Thousands protest in London over Israel-Gaza violence
People expressing support for the Palestinians marched through Hyde Park towards the Israeli embassy. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Thousands marched through central London in support of the Palestinians amid ongoing conflict and violence between Israel and militants in Gaza.

The organisers of the protest called on the British government to stop allowing what they described as “Israel’s brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people”.

Demonstrators marched to the Israeli embassy chanting “free Palestine” slogans.

It comes after the worst week of violence in Israel and Gaza since 2014.

At least 139 people have been killed in Gaza so far and nine in Israel since the fighting began on Monday.

Dozens of militants are among the dead in Gaza, Israeli military siad, while Palestinian health officials say nearly half are women and children.

The severe conflict came after weeks of spiralling Israeli-Palestinian tension in occupied East Jerusalem which culminated in clashes at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews.

An Israeli air strike on a refugee camp in Gaza killed 10 people on Saturday, while a Palestinian rocket killed a man in Israel.

A separate Israeli strike destroyed a high-rise building housing media organisations, including Al Jazeera and The Associated Press, plus a number of offices and apartments. Israel said the building housed military assets belonging to Hamas.

The demonstration in London has been organised by the Friends of Al-Aqsa, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Stop The War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Muslim Association of Britain.

“It is vital that the UK government takes immediate action,” a spokesperson for the organisers said.

The spokesperson added: “It must stop allowing Israel’s brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people to go unpunished.”

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