Stop Doing What Hitler Did To You: Thousands Of Pro-Palestine Protesters Take Over London

 Thousands of protesters have gathered in central London for a second weekend in a row as they called for an 'urgent' resolution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict.


The large group, situated close to Victoria Embankment, stretched across the surrounding roads, with traffic blocked off from several directions as dozens of police officers watched on.

Demonstrators could be seen wearing costumes, masks and face paint, while others were draped in the Palestinian flag.

Some protesters used nearby Whitehall Gardens as an area to pray, as the crowd continued to chant and let off green flares.


It comes as Egyptian mediators held talks to firm up the Israel-Hamas ceasefire as Palestinians in Gaza Strip began to assess the damage from 11 days of intense Israeli bombardment.

The talks after a 130-truck convoy carrying urgently needed aid headed to Gaza. Saturday marked the first full day of a truce that ended the fourth Israel-Hamas war in just over a decade.

In London people waved Palestinian flags, held banners and chanted as they began their march towards Hyde Park. Protesters held banners and placards bearing messages reading 'Free Palestine' and 'Stop the war'.

They could be heard loudly chanting 'Free free Palestine' and 'Israel is a terrorist state'. The National Education Union, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Stop The War Coalition were all present.

Protester Muktha Ali, 32, from Harrow, north-west London, said: 'I'm here because this is now urgent, the Israeli occupation needs to end now, it's been long enough.'

He added: 'Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children have been bombed and murdered, Palestine has to be free.

In the Middle East fighting, Israel unleashed hundreds of air strikes against militant targets in Gaza, while Hamas and other militants fired more than 4,000 rockets towards Israel. Over 250 people have died - mostly Palestinians.


Gaza City's busiest commercial area, Omar al-Mukhtar Street, was covered in debris, smashed cars and twisted metal after a 13-floor building in its centre was flattened in an Israeli air strike.

Merchandise was covered in soot and strewn inside smashed stores and on the pavement. Municipal workers are removing broken glass and twisted metal from streets and pavements.

'We really didn't expect this amount of damage,' said Ashour Subeih, who sells baby clothes. We thought the strike was a bit further from us. But as you can see, not an area of the shop is intact.'

Having been in business for one year, Mr Subeih estimated his losses were double what he has made so far.

Both Israel and Hamas have claimed victory. There is a widespread expectation that the ceasefire will remain intact for now, but that another round of fighting at some point seems inevitable.



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