People Across the World Protested in Solidarity With Palestinians

The Israeli military has continued its bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, targeting several areas after rockets were fired from the enclave.

It is the most intense airstrikes in Gaza since the bombardment in 2014.

The recent round of violence began when Israel blocked off a popular spot where Muslims traditionally gather each night during Ramadan at the end of their daylong fast. Israel later removed the restrictions, but clashes quickly resumed amid tensions over the planned eviction of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah.

The tensions in Jerusalem have threatened to reverberate throughout the region. 

In Jordan, protesters gathered outside the Israeli embassy, burning Israeli flags and chanting “Shame, shame the embassy is still there” and “Death to Israel!”

Health authorities in Gaza said at least 35 Palestinians – including 10 children – were killed in Israeli airstrikes on the Strip since late on Monday after Hamas launched rockets from the coastal territory towards Israel. At least 233 others were injured.

At least five people in Israel have also been killed.

The rocket fire came after Hamas, which rules Gaza, issued an ultimatum demanding Israel stand down its security forces from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem after days of violence against Palestinians.

Israeli police stormed the compound on Monday for a third consecutive day, firing rubber-coated steel rounds, stun grenades and tear gas at Palestinian worshippers inside the mosque in the final days of the holy month of Ramadan.

The escalation of hostilities overnight in Jerusalem & now Tel Aviv is a direct result of the home invasions #SheikJarrah by government-backed settlers” – Jeremy Corbyn

More than 700 Palestinians were hurt in Jerusalem and across the occupied West Bank in recent days.

Responding to protestors across the world came together. Large protests were held in solidarity with Palestinians around the world, including in London, as well as in Muslim-majority countries including Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Tunisia and Turkey.

Protesters gathered outside Downing Street, the residence of Prime Minister Boris Johnson against an Israeli court ruling to evict Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in east Jerusalem.

Israel’s Supreme Court postponed a key ruling Monday that could have forced dozens of Palestinians from their homes, citing the “circumstances.”

Palestinians scuffled again with Israeli officers in riot gear on Tuesday evening, although less intensely than on previous nights.

Palestinian man Siraj, 24, said he had suffered a spleen injury from a rubber bullet fired by the police.

“They shot everyone, young and old people,” he said.

Amnesty International has accused Israel of using “abusive and wanton force against largely peaceful Palestinian protesters.”

Source Al Jazeera and Arab News 

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