With the death toll in Gaza rising as Palestinians continue to demand a right to return to their land, protestors take to the streets of London.
With the death toll in Gaza rising as Palestinians continue to demand a right to return to their land, protestors take to the streets of London. Photographer Theo McInnes headed down to join them.
As the ongoing massacre of Palestinians continues on the border of Gaza in Israel/Palestine, up to two thousand people descended on Downing Street in Central London this Saturday. Protestors gathered outside Prime Minister Theresa May’s official London residence to stand in solidarity with those taking action in Gaza, but also to demand the British government do more.
At least 32 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces since this wave of protests began on 30 March, when tens of thousands made their way into the border area between Gaza and Israel to demand a right of return to the land for Palestinian refugees.
The latest fatality was confirmed on Monday morning, with the Health Ministry in Gaza reporting that a 45-year-old Palestinian man had died of his wounds after being shot by Israeli troops in the leg during a protest in late March. Hundreds more have been injured.
Saturday’s demonstration came just a day after Israeli forces killed nine people, including Yaser Murtaja – a Palestinian journalist. Chants echoed out across Whitehall on Saturday, with protests also reported in Bristol, Sheffield and Manchester.
On Monday morning violence escalated, with the Israeli Air Force reporting to have conducted strikes on Hamas targets overnight, in response to two explosive devices found near Israel’s border. Theresa May is now being urged to back the UN’s call for an independent international inquiry into the firing of ‘live ammunition into crowds of unarmed civilians’.
Photographer Theo McInnes headed down to the protest in Westminster to capture the anger and desperation.