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Hundreds hold vigil outside Downing Street for victims of explosion at Gaza hospital
18 October 2023, 20:44
Hundreds of people have held a vigil outside Downing Street for the victims of the explosion at a hospital in Gaza City on Tuesday night.
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Hamas claimed at least 500 people, including women and children, were killed when a rocket hit the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital. The death toll of the strike has not been independently confirmed.
The group blamed an Israeli air strike.
Israel denied this and said it was a misfired rocket launched by terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, who also said they were not responsible.
The IDF has released images and audio that it claims prove it is not to blame for the catastrophe.
Despite this, many still believe that Israel was responsible.
Around 1,000 protesters gathered on Whitehall amid heavy rain on Wednesday evening holding signs that read "stop the massacre" and "stop bombing Gaza".
They also chanted "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free".
Prayers were then held in Arabic, with attendees laying out plastic sheets on the ground to pray on.
The Met Police had officers at the vigil, but there were no reports of any arrests.
A British-Palestinian woman, who did not wish to be named, said she was at the vigil to "mourn".
"We are half-Palestinian, our family are from the West Bank," she said.
"We are here to mourn everyone who has died in the last week, and since the beginning of the occupation."
She said that the vigil felt "sad and cathartic".