By Doug Faulkner & Lucy Manning
Crowds have gathered for a vigil exterior Downing Avenue in aid of victims of the Hamas attacks on Israel.
Some held up photos of those taken hostage or killed, some lit candles and a few stood in tears.
Rishi Sunak joined prayers at a north London synagogue, where he informed the British Jewish workforce he would “end at nothing to reduction you safe”.
Meanwhile, three arrests have been made as a talented-Palestinian demonstration took location halt to the Israeli embassy.
About 900 of us have died in Israel since Saturday’s shock attack, whereas retaliatory strikes on Gaza have killed nearly 690.
Civilians have been taken hostage and the armed wing of Hamas has threatened to assassinate them if Palestinian civilians are no longer warned about impending air strikes.
Greater than 10 Britons are feared dreary or lacking following the attacks collectively with Nathanel Younger and Bernard Cowan.
Most of those taking half in the Downing Avenue vigil will have relatives or chums littered with the Hamas attacks, with Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis saying there used to be infrequently a Jewish family in the UK no longer affected.
Rabbi Ephraim informed the vigil British Jews have been “at one” with the of us of Israel and that they stood “shoulder to shoulder with you at this time”.
He stated he prayed that “the darkness we’re enduring will result in light. That the chaos, confusion and bitterness, the mourning and the mutter, will most definitely be changed by peace.”
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Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Tzipi Hotovely, informed the crowds it used to be “so certain that it is miles a combat between accurate and defective” and that “accurate will prevail”.
One Israeli who attended the candle-lit vigil used to be Hanna Wine, who used to be supposed to be benefit in Israel on Monday.
“I’m at narrate caught here. My flight got cancelled. I in point of fact have a halt perfect friend who’s lacking, she’s doubtlessly been taken into Gaza, I make no longer know what’s taking place to her.
“I make no longer mediate someone here will get how atrocious the situation is there. Each single person I do know, every boy I do know has been drafted. Other people have been murdered in cool blood.”
Later in the evening, Mr Sunak spoke at Finchley United Synagogue.
“I wanted to come here tonight to stand with you, to stand with you in this hour of difficulty as we mourn the victims of an utterly abhorrent act of alarm, to stand with you in this hour of prayer, as we mediate of those held hostage and your mates and relatives taking refuge in bomb shelters, or risking their lives on the frontline,” he stated.
“And perchance above all, I wanted to come here tonight to stand with you in solidarity in Israel’s hour of need.”
Later, in a joint statement, Rishi Sunak, US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian High Minister Giorgia Meloni promised their “steadfast and united aid to the state of Israel” and their “unequivocal condemnation of Hamas and its appalling acts of terrorism”.
“In contemporary days, the realm has watched in misfortune as Hamas terrorists massacred households of their houses, slaughtered over 200 childhood enjoying a song festival, and kidnapped aged females, young of us, and complete households, who’re now being held as hostages,” they stated.
The leaders stated they recognised the “legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian of us”, but “Hamas does no longer describe those aspirations, and it provides nothing for the Palestinian of us rather then more alarm and bloodshed”.
A talented-Palestinian demonstration took location halt to the Israeli embassy in west London, with hundreds gathered – collectively with from teams Quit the War and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign – and chants collectively with “Free Palestine” ringing out.
Immense teams of cops watched on as flares have been lit and placards calling for Israel to “end the occupation” have been waved.
A 15-yr-old male used to be arrested on Kensington Excessive Avenue on suspicion of assaulting an emergency employee, whereas a 70-yr-old man used to be arrested in the Kensington house on suspicion of racially motivated legal hurt, police stated.
A 29-yr-old man used to be also arrested in Oxford Avenue on suspicion on causing accurate bodily hurt and possession of an offensive weapon, police added.
Based totally on the attacks by Hamas, Israel has ordered a “total siege” of the Gaza Strip, elimination food, gas, electricity and water provides.
House Secretary Suella Braverman has written to police chiefs in England and Wales urging them to step up patrols and roar their powers to forestall “disorder and hurt to our communities”.
“There is now not the kind of thing as a location for demonstrations, convoys, or flag-waving on British streets that glorifies terrorism or harasses the Jewish workforce,” she stated.