Day of rage: Anti-Israel protests spread around the world with Hamas supporters calling for suicide bombers to hit Tel Aviv and US and UK flags burned as global fury over Gaza erupts once more
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Screaming protesters burnt British and American flags, told the US to ‘go to hell’ and urged Hamas suicide bombers to attack Tel Aviv as furious demonstrations erupted across the world today ahead of an imminent Israeli ground invasion of Gaza. 

Thousands of demonstrators holding Palestinian flags took to the streets across the globe  – including in Bangladesh, South Korea, Lebanon and Iraq – with some burning American, British and Israeli flags and holding signs that read ‘USA go to hell’.

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied across Egypt to condemn Israel’s constant bombardment of Gaza, with large crowds flooding into Cairo’s iconic Tahir Square, while thousands of Jordanians marched in the capital Amman chanting slogans urging Hamas terrorists to intensify their strikes on Israel.

‘Oh Hamas, hit them with al-Qassam rockets… Bring the suicide bombers to Tel Aviv ,’ the Jordanian protesters chanted, referring to the military wing of Hamas. 

And hundreds of Iraqi protesters gathered at Iraq’s border crossing with Jordan in a demonstration organised by the Coordination Framework, an alliance of Iran-backed Shia political groups and militias in Iraq.

A thousand more protesters gathered outside the US embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, today where they burned Israeli flags and portraits of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden.

In Bangladesh, the scene of fierce demonstrations last week, hundreds of Muslims gathered on the streets of Dhaka following their Friday prayers, while in Turkey, demonstrators set fire to British and Israeli flags as well as an effigy of Netanyahu. 

And in South Korea’s capital of Seoul, scores of protesters shouted ‘Stop the massacre by Israel’ as they waved Palestinian flags and raised anti-Israel banners.

The protests come as Israel prepares for a imminent ground invasion of the war-torn enclave, with columns of Israeli tanks massed on the Israel-Gaza border and thousands of soldiers readying themselves for battle today

Israel has vowed to wipe out Hamas, which rules Gaza, after its gunmen burst through the barrier fence surrounding the enclave on October 7 and rampaged through Israeli towns and kibbutzes, killing 1,400 people. 

MALAYSIA: Malaysians burn Israeli President Isaac Herzog's pictures and the country's flags as they protest outside the U.S. embassy, in support of Palestinians in Gaza, in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Malaysians burn Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s pictures and the country’s flags as they protest outside the U.S. embassy, in support of Palestinians in Gaza, in Kuala Lumpur on Friday 

INDONESIA: Protesters shout slogans as they wave Palestinian flags during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the building housing the U.N. representative office in Jakarta on Friday

INDONESIA: Protesters shout slogans as they wave Palestinian flags during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the building housing the U.N. representative office in Jakarta on Friday 

BANGLADESH: Bangladeshi Muslims gather in a protest in solidarity with the Palestinian people at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Friday's prayer, in Dhaka on Friday

BANGLADESH: Bangladeshi Muslims gather in a protest in solidarity with the Palestinian people at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Friday’s prayer, in Dhaka on Friday 

LEBANON: A woman lifts a mock blood-stained shrowd during a protest in Beirut's Tariq Al-Jadida neighbourhood, in solidarity with Palestinians amid ongoing battles between Israel and Hamas terrorists on Friday

LEBANON: A woman lifts a mock blood-stained shrowd during a protest in Beirut’s Tariq Al-Jadida neighbourhood, in solidarity with Palestinians amid ongoing battles between Israel and Hamas terrorists on Friday

TURKEY: Demonstrators set fire on makeshift Israeli and British flags during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday

TURKEY: Demonstrators set fire on makeshift Israeli and British flags during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday 

SOUTH KOREA: Palestinians and Arabs living in South Korea with members of Civic groups shout slogans during a protest against Israel, in Seoul on Friday

SOUTH KOREA: Palestinians and Arabs living in South Korea with members of Civic groups shout slogans during a protest against Israel, in Seoul on Friday 

EGYPT: People take part in a protest in support of Palestinians, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Old Cairo on Friday

EGYPT: People take part in a protest in support of Palestinians, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Old Cairo on Friday 

AUSTRALIA: Protesters participate in a rally against the occupation of Palestine and the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Canberra on Friday

AUSTRALIA: Protesters participate in a rally against the occupation of Palestine and the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Canberra on Friday 

SOMALIA: A Somali woman attends a protest in support of Palestinians in Gaza after an explosion at a hospital in Gaza, as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Mogadishu on Friday

SOMALIA: A Somali woman attends a protest in support of Palestinians in Gaza after an explosion at a hospital in Gaza, as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Mogadishu on Friday

FRANCE: Graffiti reading Free Palestine is seen written on the side of the Monument a la Republique at the Place de la Republique in Paris following yesterday's pro-Palestinian protest on Friday

FRANCE: Graffiti reading Free Palestine is seen written on the side of the Monument a la Republique at the Place de la Republique in Paris following yesterday’s pro-Palestinian protest on Friday

Tens of thousands of Israeli soldiers and scores of tanks and armoured vehicles are now positioned on the border – ready for a ground assault on the Gaza Strip where 203 hostages are being held captive by Hamas terrorists. 

The massing of artillery and men at the border comes after heavy machine gunfire was heard along the border in the early hours of this morning.

And today, Israel continued to pound Gaza with a relentless stream of airstrikes with the IDF saying their fighter jets hit over 100 ‘operational targets’ of Hamas terrorists overnight. The strikes destroyed tunnel shafts, munitions warehouses and dozens of operational headquarters, the IDF said. 

Israel also began evacuating a northern Israeli city near the Lebanese border in yet another sign of an impending ground invasion that could trigger turmoil across the Middle East.

The two million Palestinians trapped in the small enclave, where thousands have been killed and entire towns obliterated in the Israeli airstrikes, are now bracing themselves for the invasion that is expected to result in further major casualties. 

In the nearly two weeks since Israel began its withering aerial bombardment in response to a devastating attack by Hamas terrorists that saw 1,300 people slaughtered, thousands of homes have been destroyed across the 25-mile enclave and 3,785 Palestinians killed, including 1,524 children.

And Israel’s ruthless bombardment of the Gaza Strip has sparked global protests for weeks. 

Today, hundreds of demonstrators descended onto the streets of Istanbul, Turkey, where they set fire to an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British and Israeli flags. 

TURKEY: Demonstrators set fire on an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday

TURKEY: Demonstrators set fire on an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday 

TURKEY: Demonstrators set fire on an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday

TURKEY: Demonstrators set fire on an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday 

TURKEY: Protesters burn mocks of British, Israeli and American flags during a protest to show their solidarity with the Palestinians, in Istanbul on Friday

TURKEY: Protesters burn mocks of British, Israeli and American flags during a protest to show their solidarity with the Palestinians, in Istanbul on Friday 

TURKEY: Demonstrators hold dolls during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday

TURKEY: Demonstrators hold dolls during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday 

TURKEY: Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday

TURKEY: Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday 

TURKEY: Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday

TURKEY: Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday 

TURKEY: A demonstrator shouts slogans during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday

TURKEY: A demonstrator shouts slogans during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday 

TURKEY: Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday

TURKEY: Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday 

TURKEY: Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday

TURKEY: Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Israel as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Istanbul on Friday 

Elsewhere, thousands of Jordanians chanted slogans urging Islamist Hamas terrorists to intensify their strikes on Israel as they marched in the capital and around the country on Friday to protest against Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza.

Over 6,000 people took part in the protest in downtown Amman arranged by opposition parties and tribal groups in a kingdom where passions are running high since the escalation of violence between Palestinians and Israel. 

‘Oh Hamas, hit them with al-Qassam rockets … Bring the suicide bombers to Tel Aviv ,’ they chanted, referring to the military wing of Hamas. 

In Amman on Friday, several thousand people also gathered near the Israeli embassy, a common spot for anti-Israel protests at times of turmoil in the Palestinian territories.

‘No Jewish embassy on Arab land!’ protesters chanted.

Riot police blocked roads leading to the fortified embassy complex to keep back demonstrators who gathered around the nearby Kaloti mosque in the capital. 

Authorities in Jordan earlier this week quelled rioting around the Israeli embassy and said they would not tolerate any attempt by mobs who sought to exploit anger against Israel to create havoc.

On the outskirts of the capital, hundreds of anti-riot police blocked all roads leading to Jordan Valley opposite the West Bank, where activists had called for large protests.

Over 2,000 protesters who were prevented from heading to the border called on the authorities to allow them to join the fight alongside Hamas.

JORDAN: Jordanians gather during a pro-Palestinian protest to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Amman on Friday

JORDAN: Jordanians gather during a pro-Palestinian protest to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Amman on Friday

JORDAN: Jordanians, holding banners and Palestinian flags, march from Grand Husseini Mosque to Al-Nahl Square after the Friday prayer, within the demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in Amman on Friday

JORDAN: Jordanians, holding banners and Palestinian flags, march from Grand Husseini Mosque to Al-Nahl Square after the Friday prayer, within the demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in Amman on Friday 

JORDAN: Jordanians gather during a pro-Palestinian protest to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Amman, on Friday

JORDAN: Jordanians gather during a pro-Palestinian protest to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Amman, on Friday 

JORDAN: Jordanians gather during a pro-Palestinian protest to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Amman, on Friday

JORDAN: Jordanians gather during a pro-Palestinian protest to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Amman, on Friday 

JORDAN: Jordanians, holding banners and Palestinian flags, march from Grand Husseini Mosque to Al-Nahl Square after the Friday prayer, within the demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in Amman on Friday

JORDAN: Jordanians, holding banners and Palestinian flags, march from Grand Husseini Mosque to Al-Nahl Square after the Friday prayer, within the demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in Amman on Friday

In the southern city of Karak, hundreds of protesters gathered at a checkpoint on a highway leading to the border chanting pro-Hamas slogans.

‘Al-Qassam, we are your army,’ they chanted.

Many of Jordan’s 10 million citizens are of Palestinian descent. They or their parents were expelled or fled to Jordan in the fighting that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948. They have close ties with family on the other side of the Jordan River in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, both captured by Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Iraqi protesters gathered at the western Trebil border crossing near Jordan in a demonstration organised by the Coordination Framework.

The pro-Iran coalition also called for a protest in Baghdad near the main gate of the highly fortified international zone, where the U.S. Embassy is located, to condemn its endorsement of Israel in the ongoing war with Hamas.

Their rival, Iraq’s firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, the most influential in the country, issued a call Thursday for Arab nations bordering Israel, notably Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Jordan, to engage in what he called peaceful demonstrations at their borders.

The Iraqi protesters waved Palestinian flags and chanted ‘No to Israel’ before praying in the presence of religious clerics.

In recent days, Iran-backed militias attacked United States military bases in Iraq. Iran has warned that an Israeli ground incursion into Gaza could spark an escalation from allied armed groups and a possible regional war.

INDONESIA: Protesters burn an Israeli flag and a poster of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Friday

INDONESIA: Protesters burn an Israeli flag and a poster of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Friday

INDONESIA: A protester burns a portrait of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Friday

INDONESIA: A protester burns a portrait of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Friday 

INDONESIA: A protester displays a defaced poster of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the Indonesian Foreign Ministry in Jakarta on Friday

INDONESIA: A protester displays a defaced poster of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the Indonesian Foreign Ministry in Jakarta on Friday 

INDONESIA: Protesters shout slogans during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the building housing the U.N. representative office in Jakarta on Friday

INDONESIA: Protesters shout slogans during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the building housing the U.N. representative office in Jakarta on Friday 

INDONESIA: Protesters burn an Israeli flag and a poster of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Friday

INDONESIA: Protesters burn an Israeli flag and a poster of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Friday 

INDONESIA: A protester steps on a burning portrait of U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Friday

INDONESIA: A protester steps on a burning portrait of U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally supporting the Palestinian people outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Friday 

MALAYSIA: Malaysians protest outside the U.S. embassy in support of Palestinians in Gaza after an explosion at a hospital in Gaza, as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Kuala Lumpur, on Friday

MALAYSIA: Malaysians protest outside the U.S. embassy in support of Palestinians in Gaza after an explosion at a hospital in Gaza, as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, in Kuala Lumpur, on Friday 

MALAYSIA: People shout slogans and wave Palestinian flags outside the US Embassy during a demonstration against the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict, in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: People shout slogans and wave Palestinian flags outside the US Embassy during a demonstration against the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict, in Kuala Lumpur on Friday 

MALAYSIA: Malaysians hold a Palestinian flag as they march to protest outside the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Malaysians hold a Palestinian flag as they march to protest outside the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday 

MALAYSIA: Malaysians hold a Palestinian flag as they march to protest outside the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Malaysians hold a Palestinian flag as they march to protest outside the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Malaysians step on Israeli President Isaac Herzog's and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pictures and the country's flags, as they protest outside the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumper on Friday

MALAYSIA: Malaysians step on Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pictures and the country’s flags, as they protest outside the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumper on Friday 

MALAYSIA: Malaysians step on Israeli President Isaac Herzog's and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pictures and the country's flags, as they protest outside the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumper on Friday

MALAYSIA: Malaysians step on Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pictures and the country’s flags, as they protest outside the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumper on Friday 

In Jakarta, Indonesia, a sea of angry protesters marched from several mosques to the heavily guarded US embassy in the city to denounce the staunch American support for Israel and demand the end of Israeli airstrikes that have killed thousands of Palestinians and flattened entire neighbourhoods.

The demonstrators halted traffic along the way to the US embassy as they chanted ‘God is great’ and ‘Save Palestinians’ while waiting Palestinian flags. 

‘The U.S. actually know this war and violence occurred because Palestinians want free from Israel’s occupation, but they close their eyes and pretend to be deaf,’ a speaker told the crowd. 

‘We call for a two-state solution for Palestinians to end the war.’  

About 1,000 police office were deployed around the embassy, the nearby presidential palace and the U.N. mission. 

The Israeli siege of and airstrikes on the Palestinian territory were the focus earlier this week of demonstrations at Egyptian universities, inside a congressional office building in Washington, outside the Israeli Embassy in Bogota and near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

Nearly two weeks after the Hamas attack in Israel, such protests continued as Israel prepared for an expected ground invasion of Gaza.

LEBANON: A woman lifts a mock blood-stained shrowd during a protest in Beirut's Tariq Al-Jadida neighbourhood, in solidarity with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Friday

LEBANON: A woman lifts a mock blood-stained shrowd during a protest in Beirut’s Tariq Al-Jadida neighbourhood, in solidarity with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Friday 

LEBANON: Children deploy a large Palestinian during a protest in Beirut's Tariq Al-Jadida neighbourhood, in solidarity with the people of the Gaza Strip on Friday

LEBANON: Children deploy a large Palestinian during a protest in Beirut’s Tariq Al-Jadida neighbourhood, in solidarity with the people of the Gaza Strip on Friday

LEBANON: Youths riding motorcycles take part in a protest in Beirut's Tariq Al-Jadida neighbourhood, in solidarity with Palestinians on Friday

LEBANON: Youths riding motorcycles take part in a protest in Beirut’s Tariq Al-Jadida neighbourhood, in solidarity with Palestinians on Friday 

LEBANON: A man waves his fist and shouts during a protest supporting the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday

LEBANON: A man waves his fist and shouts during a protest supporting the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday 

LEBANON: People wave the Palestinian flag during a protest supporting the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in Tripoli on Friday

LEBANON: People wave the Palestinian flag during a protest supporting the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in Tripoli on Friday 

LEBANON: Children take part in a rally supporting the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday

LEBANON: Children take part in a rally supporting the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday

EGYPT: Members of the military stand guard as people take part in a protest in support of Palestinians in Old Cairo on Friday

EGYPT: Members of the military stand guard as people take part in a protest in support of Palestinians in Old Cairo on Friday 

EGYPT: Members of the military stand guard as people take part in a protest in support of Palestinians in Old Cairo on Friday

EGYPT: Members of the military stand guard as people take part in a protest in support of Palestinians in Old Cairo on Friday

EGYPT: A woman shouts next to security personnel as people take part in a protest in support of Palestinians at the al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo on Friday

EGYPT: A woman shouts next to security personnel as people take part in a protest in support of Palestinians at the al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo on Friday 

In South Korea’s capital, dozens of protesters chanted slogans, waved Palestinian flags and raised anti-Israel banners.

‘Free, Free Palestinians!’ the protesters shouted, while holding banners that read ‘We stand with Gaza’ or ‘Stop the massacre by Israel!’

‘Please care about human lives. That’s all I am thinking about,’ Elshafei Mohamed, 25, an Egyptian student in Seoul, said. ‘If we want to really help, we need to supply Gaza with humanitarian aids at once.’

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Gaza and Israel since the war began, the majority women, children and elderly people.

SOUTH KOREA: 'A protester holds a placard calling President Joe Biden a 'liar' during a demonstration against Israel, in Seoul on Friday

SOUTH KOREA: ‘A protester holds a placard calling President Joe Biden a ‘liar’ during a demonstration against Israel, in Seoul on Friday 

SOUTH KOREA: Protesters pray during a demonstration against Israel, in Seoul on Friday

SOUTH KOREA: Protesters pray during a demonstration against Israel, in Seoul on Friday 

SOUTH KOREA: Palestinians and Arabs living in South Korea with members of Civic group protest against Israel, in Seoul on Friday

SOUTH KOREA: Palestinians and Arabs living in South Korea with members of Civic group protest against Israel, in Seoul on Friday 

SOUTH AFRICA: Protesters sing during an ANC (African National Congress) led march to the Israeli Embassy in Pretoria on Friday. The march was in solidarity with the Palestinian people and calling for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

SOUTH AFRICA: Protesters sing during an ANC (African National Congress) led march to the Israeli Embassy in Pretoria on Friday. The march was in solidarity with the Palestinian people and calling for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

PAKISTAN: Pakistani students attend a rally in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Lahore on Friday

PAKISTAN: Pakistani students attend a rally in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Lahore on Friday 

Israel continued to pound Gaza with withering airstrikes today including parts of the south that Israel had declared ‘safe zones’, as the millions of Palestinians trapped in the enclave desperately awaited a first delivery of international emergency aid.

In northern Gaza, Hamas terrorists accused Israel of committing war crimes after Israeli airstrikes hit an Orthodox Christian church where Christians and Muslims had been sheltering. Gaza’s Hamas-run government media office said 18 Christian Palestinians had been killed, adding it was ‘a war crime that cannot be ignored’. 

Video from the scene at the church compound showed a wounded boy being carried from rubble at night. A civil defence worker said two people on upper floors had survived; those on lower floors had been killed and were still in the rubble.

There was no immediate comment from Israel, which says it is doing everything it can to protect civilians but must destroy Hamas after its murderous assault on Israel.

QATAR: People wave the Palestinian flag during protests outside the Imam Muhammad Abdel-Wahhab Mosque in support of the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in Doha on Friday

QATAR: People wave the Palestinian flag during protests outside the Imam Muhammad Abdel-Wahhab Mosque in support of the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in Doha on Friday 

QATAR: People wave the Palestinian flag during protests outside the Imam Muhammad Abdel-Wahhab Mosque in support of the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in Doha on Friday

QATAR: People wave the Palestinian flag during protests outside the Imam Muhammad Abdel-Wahhab Mosque in support of the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in Doha on Friday 

BAHRAIN: Bahrainis hold placards and chant slogans during a protest supporting the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in Diraz village on the northwest coast of Bahrain on Friday

BAHRAIN: Bahrainis hold placards and chant slogans during a protest supporting the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in Diraz village on the northwest coast of Bahrain on Friday 

BAHRAIN: People chant slogans during a protest supporting the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in Diraz village on Friday

BAHRAIN: People chant slogans during a protest supporting the Palestinian people following Friday Noon prayers in Diraz village on Friday 

And in Zahra, a northern town, residents said an entire district of some 25 multi-storey apartment buildings appeared to have been razed to the ground. 

They received Israeli warning messages on their mobile phones at breakfast time, followed ten minutes later by a small drone strike that hammered the message home. Half an hour after the initial warning, F-16 warplanes brought the buildings down in huge explosions and clouds of dust. 

‘Everything I ever dreamt of and thought that I have achieved was gone. In that apartment was my dream, my memories with my children, and my wife, was the smell of safety and love,’ Ali, a resident of the district, said, declining to give his full name for fear of reprisals. 

Israel has said it is attacking Hamas terrorists wherever they may be in Gaza, describing them as ‘dead men walking’, and accused the group’s leaders and fighters of taking shelter among the civilian population. 

But Israel’s withering airstrikes have continued to obliterate entire neighbourhoods across the densely populated territory, leaving death and destruction in its wake.

Exhausted Palestinians desperately searched through the rubble of their homes for loved ones across Gaza this morning, their screams piercing the air as they found the lifeless bodies of their children, wives and parents.

For the more than two million Palestinians trapped in Gaza, nowhere – and no one – seems to be safe from the relentless Israeli strikes. And doctors say they are fighting a losing battle against a lack of medicines, water and fuel to keep hospitals running. 

While Israeli troops are massing around Gaza in anticipation of an order to invade, conflict is also spreading to two other fronts – the West Bank and the northern border with Lebanon.

AUSTRALIA: Protesters demonstrate against Israel's bombardment of Gaza in Canberra on Friday

AUSTRALIA: Protesters demonstrate against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza in Canberra on Friday 

AUSTRALIA: Protesters demonstrate against Israel's bombardment of Gaza in Canberra on Friday

AUSTRALIA: Protesters demonstrate against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza in Canberra on Friday 

AUSTRALIA: Protesters demonstrate against Israel's bombardment of Gaza in Canberra on Friday

AUSTRALIA: Protesters demonstrate against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza in Canberra on Friday 

AUSTRALIA: A young girl holds a white flower while being held by a man during a rally against Israel's bombardment of Gaza on Friday

AUSTRALIA: A young girl holds a white flower while being held by a man during a rally against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza on Friday 

AUSTRALIA: A protester participates in a rally against the occupation of Palestine and the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Canberra on Friday

AUSTRALIA: A protester participates in a rally against the occupation of Palestine and the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Canberra on Friday 

UNITED KINGDOM: Palestinian demonstrators protesting outside the Labour party's HQ in London to condemn its stance on the Israeli-Hamas conflict on Friday

UNITED KINGDOM: Palestinian demonstrators protesting outside the Labour party’s HQ in London to condemn its stance on the Israeli-Hamas conflict on Friday 

UNITED KINGDOM: Palestinian demonstrators protesting outside the Labour party's HQ in London to condemn its stance on the Israeli-Hamas conflict on Friday

UNITED KINGDOM: Palestinian demonstrators protesting outside the Labour party’s HQ in London to condemn its stance on the Israeli-Hamas conflict on Friday

UNITED KINGDOM: Palestinian demonstrators protesting outside the Labour party's HQ in London to condemn its stance on the Israeli-Hamas conflict on Friday

UNITED KINGDOM: Palestinian demonstrators protesting outside the Labour party’s HQ in London to condemn its stance on the Israeli-Hamas conflict on Friday

The defence ministry ordered residents of the largest Israeli town near the Lebanese border, Kiryat Shmona, to evacuate to guest houses. Clashes at the border between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement have been the deadliest since a full-blown war in 2006.

In the West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said 13 people were killed including five children after Israeli troops raided and called in air strikes on the Nur Shams refugee camp near Tulkarm.

The territory, where Palestinians have limited self rule under Israeli military occupation, has seen the deadliest clashes since the second intifada uprising ended in 2005.

Diplomats fear the conflict could spread even further. The Pentagon on Thursday said a U.S. Navy warship operating in the northern Red Sea intercepted three cruise missiles and several drones launched by the Houthi movement in Yemen, potentially toward Israel.

The Houthi, like Hamas in Gaza and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, are backed by Iran, which has lauded the Hamas attacks on Israel though it denies being behind them.

Western leaders have so far mostly offered support to Israel’s campaign against Hamas, although there is mounting unease about the plight of civilians in Gaza, which has yet to receive long promised aid.

‘We can’t ignore the humanity of innocent Palestinians who only want to live in peace and have opportunity,’ Biden said in his speech.



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