Thousands march through streets of London chanting 'free Palestine'

Thousands of people are marching through London today in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Demonstrators are chanting ‘free, free Palestine’ while holding banners calling for an end to the bombing of the territory by Israeli forces.

Others were seen climbing up scaffolding and the entrances of tube stations and waving large Palestinian flags on top.

Urging them to stop, the Metropolitan Police tweeted: ‘We are aware of a number of people who have climbed up scaffolding attached to a building on Kensington High Street.

‘This is incredibly dangerous and we are working with the organiser to encourage them to come down safely.’

Organisers of the march are calling for ‘immediate action’ by the UK Government to bring an end to the ‘brutal’ violence being suffered by the Palestinian people. 

The demonstration began in Hyde Park at midday on Saturday and will end at the Israeli embassy. 

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Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and Zarah Sultana are all set to address the crowd. 

It comes after a week of sustained conflict has seen thousands of Palestinians forced to flee from their homes.

Since Monday night, Palestinian militant group Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, whose military responded by barraging the Gaza Strip with tank fire and airstrikes.

At least 126 people have been killed in Gaza, including 31 children and 20 women.

In Israel, seven people have been killed, including a six-year-old boy and a soldier.

The demonstration in London was organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Stop The War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Muslim Association of Britain.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: ‘It is vital that the UK Government takes immediate action.

‘It must stop allowing Israel’s brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people to go unpunished.

‘The bombardment of Gaza which is killing civilians including children is a war crime.

‘The UK Government is complicit in these acts as long as it continues to offer Israel military, diplomatic and financial support.’

Mr Corbyn and others will begin addressing the crowds from 8pm tonight. 

The MP for Islington North tweeted yesterday: ‘If you can do so in a safe way, come and join us tomorrow at midday in London at Speaker’s Corner to stand in solidarity with Palestine.’ 

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