Violence erupts in London as pro-Palestine activists clash with police

Violence erupted in London yesterday as pro-Palestine protesters clashed with police during a demonstration against the continued conflict in the Middle East.

Dozens more people, including as many as ten children, have been killed overnight as Israel and Hamas fired retaliatory missile strikes, with the UN's Security Council due to meet today to discuss the continuing crisis. 

Activists waving flags, banners and placards, featuring messages including 'Hands Off Jerusalem', took to the streets of the English capital on Tuesday to call for an end to the growing unrest.

Former Labour Jeremy Corbyn was also in attendance, addressing thousands of demonstrators who gathered in the city.

But it is understood tensions flared when police attempted to escort away a small group of pro-Israel counter-protesters.

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At one point, footage appears to show a demonstrator seemingly deliberately landing on top of two counter-protesters.

Apparently jumping down from above the activist plants both feet on the back and neck of the two counter-protesters before being accosted by officers. 

The demonstration in London, held opposite Downing Street, attracted thousands following recent protests in Jerusalem against the eviction of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah.

Supporters of Palestine attend an emergency 'Rally for Jerusalem' outside 10 Downing Street yesterday

Supporters of Palestine attend an emergency 'Rally for Jerusalem' outside 10 Downing Street yesterday

Huge crowds gathered to protest in the capital yesterday, with a large police presence also enforced

Huge crowds gathered to protest in the capital yesterday, with a large police presence also enforced

At one point, footage appears to show a demonstrator seemingly deliberately landing on top of two counter-protesters.

At one point, footage appears to show a demonstrator seemingly deliberately landing on top of two counter-protesters.

Apparently jumping down from above the activist plants both feet on the back and neck of the two counter-protesters before being accosted by officers

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Apparently jumping down from above the activist plants both feet on the back and neck of the two counter-protesters before being accosted by officers

A Pro-Palestinian protestor holds a banner outside the Israeli Embassy in London as he awaits for a crowd of demonstrators to arrive

A Pro-Palestinian protestor holds a banner outside the Israeli Embassy in London as he awaits for a crowd of demonstrators to arrive

Former Labour Jeremy Corbyn was also in attendance, addressing thousands of demonstrators who gathered in the city.

Former Labour Jeremy Corbyn was also in attendance, addressing thousands of demonstrators who gathered in the city.

Pictured: Video footage from Tuesday evening showed three plumes of thick, black smoke rising from a Gaza residential block as it toppled over following an Israeli air strike. A large residential tower block in Gaza has collapsed today after one of several dozen Israeli cross-border air strikes on Tuesday night, as Hamas vowed to turn Israel into 'a hell'

Pictured: Video footage from Tuesday evening showed three plumes of thick, black smoke rising from a Gaza residential block as it toppled over following an Israeli air strike. A large residential tower block in Gaza has collapsed today after one of several dozen Israeli cross-border air strikes on Tuesday night, as Hamas vowed to turn Israel into 'a hell'

Pictured: People gather at the site of a collapsed building in the aftermath of Israeli air strikes on Gaza City on May 11, 2021. Hamas Islamists said they had fired 130 rockets towards Tel Aviv on Tuesday, unleashing a massive barrage on Israel's economic hub, in retaliation for an Israeli strike on 12-storey tower near Gaza's coast

Pictured: People gather at the site of a collapsed building in the aftermath of Israeli air strikes on Gaza City on May 11, 2021. Hamas Islamists said they had fired 130 rockets towards Tel Aviv on Tuesday, unleashing a massive barrage on Israel's economic hub, in retaliation for an Israeli strike on 12-storey tower near Gaza's coast

It comes as officials in Gaza said 32 Palestinians - including ten children - have been killed in the latest clashes. 

The Israeli military claimed at least 16 of the dead were militants, while seven deaths have been attributed to the same family, including three children. Some may have been the result of errant Hamas missiles. 

In Israel, three women have been killed - one in her 60s and another in her 80s - during Hamas rocket attacks earlier on Tuesday, and a third victim aged 50 on Tuesday evening when a rocket hit a building in the Tel Aviv suburb of Rishon Lezion.

The renewed confrontation, following weeks of tensions and clashes in the contested Jerusalem, was sparked on Monday evening when Hamas - the Islamist group that rules inside Gaza - fired a barrage of missiles towards Jerusalem.   

Then on Tuesday afternoon, former U.S. President Donald posted to his website, saying that America 'will always strongly support Israel's right to defend itself' as he criticised President Joe Biden over the growing crisis. 

Earlier, the White House had said Biden was being briefed on the escalating situation.    

Israel's Iron Dome defence system continued to struggle with the volume of rockets being fired from Gaza on Tuesday evening, after an Israeli air strike caused a 13-storey residential building to collapse in Gaza City.

And the mayor of the Israeli city of Lod called for army back-up to help secure the area, saying 'civil war' was breaking out as residents clashed following the funeral of an Arab man killed yesterday by a Jewish local.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier 'deplored' the deaths of the two women in Israel, adding that the country's military would 'further increase both the intensity and the rate' of its own air strikes against Gaza.

'Hamas will be hit in ways that it does not expect,' Netanyahu said, before the announcement of the third woman's death in Israel. 'We have eliminated commanders, hit many important targets and we have decided to attack harder and increase the pace of attacks.' 

The cross-border violence has been fuelled by Israel's evictions of Muslim communities living in east Jerusalem which led to angry riots breaking out on Temple Mount over the weekend, with hundreds left injured on Monday as riot police shot rubber bullets and fired tear gas at protesters. 

Police officers escort a small group of pro-Israeli counter-demonstrators during a pro-Palestinian protest outside Downing Street

Police officers escort a small group of pro-Israeli counter-demonstrators during a pro-Palestinian protest outside Downing Street

Police enforcement including armed policemen arrived outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensington after a pro-Palestinian demonstration

Police enforcement including armed policemen arrived outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensington after a pro-Palestinian demonstration

Supporters of Palestine attend an emergency 'Rally for Jerusalem' outside 10 Downing Street

Supporters of Palestine attend an emergency 'Rally for Jerusalem' outside 10 Downing Street

Buses were surrounded by protesters, holding up signs reading 'Gaza, stop the massacre'

Buses were surrounded by protesters, holding up signs reading 'Gaza, stop the massacre'

The demonstration in London, held opposite Downing Street, attracted thousands following recent protests in Jerusalem against the eviction of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah

The demonstration in London, held opposite Downing Street, attracted thousands

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