Thousands of people around the world have expressed their support for the Palestinians in the protests among them some of the worst fights between Israelis and Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza war, with protesters from Canada to Japan waving flags and singing “Free Palestine” on Saturday.
Protests come as tension and violence in the region increase, at least 145 Palestinians and 10 Israelis killed, including children.
The violence began when Israeli security forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan last week, injuring dozens of worshipers and provoking Hamas to retaliate with rocket fire. Israeli police as well he violently attacked the protesters protesting against the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah district.
The videos also showed it Israel’s Iron Cup defense system lighting up the night sky while intercepting a flurry of rockets.
On Saturday, an Israeli air strike hit 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 the free press in the region.
The Israeli army said the strike on the building – which came so soon that journalists would leave the equipment – was necessary because it continued.Hamas military intelligence assets.“The AP, however, he said there was “no indication that Hamas was in the building or active in the building.”
“This is something we are actively checking to the best of our ability,” a statement from the news organization said. “We would never have knowingly endangered our journalists.”
President Joe Biden spoke on Saturday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, expression “serious concern” on the situation but without directly mentioning Israeli airstrikes, according to a reading of the call.
The latest round of violence has brought people from all over the world to come together in solidarity, with some protesters making police violence a consequence.