Thousands of people around the world showed their support for the Palestinians in mid-protests Some of the worst fights Between Israelis and Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza war, with protesters from Canada to Japan waving flags and chanting “Free Palestine” on Saturday.
At least the protests come with an escalation of tension and violence in the region 145 Palestinians and 10 Israelis were killed, Including children.
The violence began when Israeli security forces raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan last week, injuring dozens of worshipers and prompting Hamas to respond with rockets. The Israeli Police too Violently suppressing the demonstrators They demonstrated against the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
Videos also showed Israeli Iron Dome defensive system The night sky lit up as it intercepted a wave of missiles.
On Saturday, an Israeli air strike In a refugee camp in Gaza, Killing eight children and two women. Hours later, more airstrikes destroyed a 12-story residential building in Gaza that housed international news organizations, including the Associated Press and Al Jazeera, in a move widely condemned as a threat to free press in the region.
The IDF claimed that the strike on the building – which came so quickly that journalists were forced to leave equipment behind – was necessary because it containedHamas Military Intelligence assets.However, the Associated Press He said There was no indication that Hamas was in the building or active in the building.
“This is something that we are actively investigating with the best of our ability,” said a statement from the news organization. “We will not intentionally endanger our journalists.”
President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, Expressing “severe concern” About the situation without directly mentioning the Israeli airstrikes, according to the readout of the call.
The latest round of violence has caused people around the world to rally for solidarity, and as a result some protesters face police violence.