Gaza suffered a complete communications blackout on Friday night, cutting off its residents from the rest of the world as a result of Israel’s bombardment, a move protested by global citizens on Saturday.
Pro-Palestinian protesters in London, New York and Turkey took to the streets in large numbers to protest Israel’s war crimes in Gaza.
Israeli forces brutally attacked Gaza on Saturday after a night of intense shelling that left hundreds of buildings damaged, according to rescuers, in the worst attack in the country’s history that has sparked three weeks of war.
Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Israel to “immediately stop” the attacks, while families of Israeli hostages held by Hamas demanded an explanation from the government about their fate amid the military’s intensified air and artillery attacks.
The health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza said Saturday that at least 7,703 people have been killed in the war with Israel that began on October 7.
The dead included more than 3,500 children. The overall toll is the highest number of war deaths in Gaza since Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from the territory in 2005.
The latest Israeli raid was one of the most intense nights of attacks since the war began and coincided with a ground action.
The Israeli military also carried out limited ground incursions on the night of Wednesday and Thursday, with thousands of troops massing at the Gaza border ahead of the expected full offensive.
Gaza civil defense spokesman Mahmoud Bassal said, “Hundreds of buildings and homes were completely destroyed and thousands of other homes were damaged.”
An estimated 100,000 people took part in the “National March for Palestine” demonstration in London, organized to protest Israel’s ongoing bombing and complete siege of Gaza.
Hundreds of people were arrested after police broke up a large demonstration of mostly Jewish New Yorkers who took over the main hall of Grand Central Station to protest the Israeli bombing of Gaza, police and organizers said. I went.