Harrowing pictures show bruised and bloodied CHILDREN fleeing from hellfire in Gaza and


Harrowing pictures of bruised and bloodied children fleeing from hellfire in Gaza and Israel show the devastating impact of the conflict which has killed over 1,500 people in just three days.

Hamas leaders last night threatened to execute civilian hostages if Israel continues its retaliatory airstrikes against Gaza.

The military wing of the Islamist group said it would kill a captive any time homes were hit ‘without prior warning’. 

Israel has been pounding Gaza from the air after Hamas launched a surprise terror attack on Saturday, killing more than 900 people and seizing about 130 more. Authorities in Gaza said Israel’s airstrikes had hit a refugee camp, a hospital and mosques, and had killed 687 people and injured a further 2,900.

As the bloody conflict enters its fourth day, shocking photos from the ground provide a horrifying insight into the atrocities taking place as both sides continue to trade blows and lives, with innocent children and civilians caught in the middle.

Amid the horrors of the conflict in Israel and Gaza, innocent lives are being claimed on both sides. Pictured: A ball of fire erupts in Gaza City on Monday

Amid the horrors of the conflict in Israel and Gaza, innocent lives are being claimed on both sides. Pictured: A ball of fire erupts in Gaza City on Monday

GAZA: A paramedic holds a little girl with her face full of blood and dirt from the effects of the bombing of Israeli planes in Gaza on Monday

GAZA: A paramedic holds a little girl with her face full of blood and dirt from the effects of the bombing of Israeli planes in Gaza on Monday 

GAZA CITY: Palestinian girl walks on the rubble of destroyed buildings following Israeli airstrikes on the Shati refugee camp

GAZA CITY: Palestinian girl walks on the rubble of destroyed buildings following Israeli airstrikes on the Shati refugee camp

GAZA CITY: Wounded children receive treatment in hospital for their injuries as the war rages on

GAZA CITY: Wounded children receive treatment in hospital for their injuries as the war rages on

ASHKELON, ISRAEL: Police officers evacuate a woman and a child from a site hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip

ASHKELON, ISRAEL: Police officers evacuate a woman and a child from a site hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip

ASHKELON, ISRAEL: Israeli police officers evacuate a family from a site hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip

ASHKELON, ISRAEL: Israeli police officers evacuate a family from a site hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip

ASHKELON, ISRAEL: Israelis - including a child - evacuate a site struck by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip

ASHKELON, ISRAEL: Israelis – including a child – evacuate a site struck by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY: A wounded child is carried towards medical assistance after being caught up in an airstrike

GAZA CITY: A wounded child is carried towards medical assistance after being caught up in an airstrike

GAZA CITY: A child injured in an Israeli airstrike is carried to a hospital as the number of casualties rose even higher

GAZA CITY: A child injured in an Israeli airstrike is carried to a hospital as the number of casualties rose even higher

GAZA: A paramedic holds a little girl crying after being pulled from the scene of the bombing Gaza on Monday

GAZA: A paramedic holds a little girl crying after being pulled from the scene of the bombing Gaza on Monday 

Desperate parents have been pictured cradling their children as they run through war-torn areas in search of medical assistance.

Other photos show bruised children receiving medical aid in hospitals, while young kids have been seen looking lost as they navigate through the rubble and clamber through the billowing smoke to safety.

Images too harrowing to publish show heartbroken parents carrying the bodies of innocent children who have lost their lives at a tragically young age during the conflict.

Heartbroken parents have also had to bury their innocent children who have no role in the bloody violence. 

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Monday night: ‘I ­recognise the legitimate grievances of the Palestinians. But nothing can justify these acts of terror and the killing, maiming and abduction of civilians. I recognise Israel’s legitimate security concerns, but also remind Israel civilians must be respected and protected at all timed.’ 

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu described Hamas as worse than ISIS in a damning speech where he vowed to destroy them.

‘Children were executed and entire families were exterminated by Arab Terrorists,’ he fumed. ‘There were atrocities that I will not describe here. Hamas is ISIS and we will destroy it as the world defeated ISIS.’

It comes as pro-Palestine activists set off flares and fireworks and proclaimed ‘let there be bloodshed’ as heated protests took place across the UK last night. 

Police arrested three people after protests outside Israel’s London embassy on Monday night, with further arrests possible after criminal damage to a building on Kensington High Street.

Of those arrested, one was taken in for assault on an emergency worker, another for racially-motivated criminal damage and the third for possessing an offensive weapon, the Metropolitan Police said.

Palestinian and Israeli supporters clashed at a London Underground station as police desperately tried to keep the peace on a night of fury.

Video showed dozens of police officers attempting to separate demonstrators at High Street Kensington Tube station in west London as more than 1,000 pro-Palestine activists gathered on the streets outside.

Fireworks were seen being launched by protesters on High Street Kensington – some towards the boarded up Israeli embassy – as those supporting Palestine told MailOnline that there is ‘no way to change the Middle East peacefully’.

In stark contrast to the dancing, singing and flares in Kensington – and other heated protests across the UK – weeping Israelis gathered outside Downing Street to hold a vigil for the victims and hostages taken by Hamas.

GAZA CITY: An emergency service member carries an injured child at Al-Shifa hospital

GAZA CITY: An emergency service member carries an injured child at Al-Shifa hospital

GAZA: A man carries the draped body of a child from the Palestinian Abu Hilal family who was killed with other relatives in an Israeli airstrike

GAZA: A man carries the draped body of a child from the Palestinian Abu Hilal family who was killed with other relatives in an Israeli airstrike

GAZA: A medic runs as he carries an injured Palestinian child to ambulance in this screengrab taken from a video

GAZA: A medic runs as he carries an injured Palestinian child to ambulance in this screengrab taken from a video

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian child walks past damaged cars amid the rubble of a destroyed area after Israeli air strikes

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian child walks past damaged cars amid the rubble of a destroyed area after Israeli air strikes

A Palestinian man carries a child rescued from the Tattari family home which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City

A Palestinian man carries a child rescued from the Tattari family home which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City

A missile explodes in Gaza City during an Israeli air strike on October 8, 2023. Israel, reeling from the deadliest attack on its territory in half a century, formally declared war on Hamas Sunday as the conflict's death toll surged close to 1,000

A missile explodes in Gaza City during an Israeli air strike on October 8, 2023. Israel, reeling from the deadliest attack on its territory in half a century, formally declared war on Hamas Sunday as the conflict’s death toll surged close to 1,000

Flames and smoke billow during Israeli strikes in Gaza on Monday

Flames and smoke billow during Israeli strikes in Gaza on Monday

An member of the Israeli security forces stands close to a car hit by a rocket fired from Gaza, in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, on October 9

An member of the Israeli security forces stands close to a car hit by a rocket fired from Gaza, in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, on October 9

Rockets are fired from Gaza towards Israel on Monday. The conflict shows no sign of stopping

Rockets are fired from Gaza towards Israel on Monday. The conflict shows no sign of stopping

Benjamin Netanyahu has called up 300,000 army reservists and signalled a ground assault against the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas. Pictured: Damage from Hamas tockets in Ashdod, Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu has called up 300,000 army reservists and signalled a ground assault against the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas. Pictured: Damage from Hamas tockets in Ashdod, Israel

Israeli soldiers stand guard near damage caused by a rocket after if was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, in Ashkelon, southern Israel October 9

Israeli soldiers stand guard near damage caused by a rocket after if was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, in Ashkelon, southern Israel October 9

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men inspect a damaged road after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men inspect a damaged road after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit

Destruction made by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip is seen in Ashkelon, Israel, on Monday

Destruction made by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip is seen in Ashkelon, Israel, on Monday

This photo shows damaged cars along a desert road after an attack by Hamas terrorists at a music festival

This photo shows damaged cars along a desert road after an attack by Hamas terrorists at a music festival

Benjamin Netanyahu has called up 300,000 army reservists and signalled a ground assault against the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas.

The Israeli prime minister has reportedly told US President Joe Biden: ‘We have to go in, we can’t negotiate now. We need to restore deterrence.’ He has vowed to use ‘enormous force’ to punish Hamas and said Israel’s actions would ‘change the Middle East’.

The rising death toll prompted the chilling threat to execute hostages seized during Saturday’s deadly attacks, the bloodiest on Israeli soil for 50 years.

The Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, threatened to execute the hostages one by one, and to film their murders. 

Spokesman Abu Obeida said: ‘We have decided to put an end to this as of now and we declare that any targeting of our people in their homes without prior warning will be regrettably faced with the execution of one of the hostage civilians we are holding.’

Israel warned that any harm to the hostages would constitute a war crime and ‘will not be forgiven’. 

The threats of escalating violence came as:

  • Israel warned its citizens to prepare and stow food for three days inside safe rooms and bomb shelters;
  • Hezbollah fired rockets into northern Israel after four of its members were killed by Israeli shelling; 
  • At least ten British citizens were reported to be among the dead and missing;
  • Harrowing stories continued to emerge of families killed in Saturday’s assaults;
  • Anti-Semitic graffiti was spotted around London, as pro-Palestine groups celebrated the terrorist attacks;
  • Labour’s party conference was marred by yet another anti-Semitism scandal after a shadow minister posed with a pro-Palestine group;
  • The BBC was criticised over its refusal to call Hamas terrorists.

The Al Qassam threat to execute hostages has heightened tensions still further in the region. Hamas has continued to send rockets from Gaza into Israel, which has promised a ‘complete siege’ of the territory to cut off supplies of food, water, electricity and fuel.

Gaza has been hit with up to 1,000 airstrikes since Israel launched Operation Swords. Its officials likened Saturday’s attacks to the 9/11 terror atrocity in the US or the Pearl Harbor bombing.

In a televised address to the nation last night, Mr Netanyahu warned that the three days of airstrikes carried out so far were only the beginning.

‘We have only started striking Hamas,’ he said. ‘What we will do to our enemies in the coming days will reverberate with them for generations.’

He vowed to ‘do everything’ to free those held captive in Gaza, adding: ‘I promise you this, citizens, at the end of the war our enemies will know it was a terrible mistake to attack Israel.’

He likened Hamas’s actions to the atrocities carried out by the Islamic State terror group, with captives bound and killed.

Israel’s president Isaac Herzog said: ‘To my mind, not since the Holocaust have so many Jews been killed in one day.

‘And not since the Holocaust have we witnessed scenes of Jewish women and children, grandparents – even Holocaust survivors – being herded into trucks and taken into captivity.’

Smoke rises over the buildings as the Israeli airstrikes continue in Al-Rimal Neighbourhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 9

Smoke rises over the buildings as the Israeli airstrikes continue in Al-Rimal Neighbourhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 9

A spokesman for the Israeli embassy in London said Israelis had been warned to ‘prepare for a three-day stay in bomb shelters/secure rooms’.

Rishi Sunak chaired an emergency Cobra meeting and was due to speak with Mr Biden and key European leaders to coordinate a response.

The Prime Minister pledged to provide diplomatic, intelligence and security support to Israel if requested. Speaking at an event last night, Mr Sunak said ‘terrorism will not prevail’.

He told the Future Resilience Forum: ‘Israel has the absolute right to defend itself and to deter further incursions.

‘We are working with the Israeli authorities to support them and we’re doing everything possible to support British citizens who were caught up in the attacks and the families of those who perished.’

Downing Street said up to 60,000 British nationals could be in Israel and Gaza.

Mr Sunak visited a London synagogue last night to show his support for Israel – and later condemned Hamas in a joint statement with his French, German, American and Italian counterparts.

The Prime Minister was hailed as a ‘great and wonderful friend’ of Israel and the Jewish people. 

Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis told a congregation at Finchley United Synagogue in north London that Mr Sunak had ‘turned your diary upside down in order to be here’. 

Sir Ephraim said: ‘Good friends are able to differentiate between the forces of darkness and the forces of light, between true and false, between right and wrong, ‘And Prime Minister, you are a great and wonderful friend of our Jewish community and of the State of Israel.’

Mr Sunak told those who attended: ‘I wanted to come here tonight to stand with you, to stand with you in this hour of grief as we mourn the victims of an utterly abhorrent act of terror, to stand with you in this hour of prayer, as we think of those held hostage and your friends and loved ones taking refuge in bomb shelters, or risking their lives on the frontline.

Israeli soldiers scan an area while sirens sound as rockets from Gaza are launched towards Israel near Sderot, southern Israel, on Monday

Israeli soldiers scan an area while sirens sound as rockets from Gaza are launched towards Israel near Sderot, southern Israel, on Monday

Israeli army reinforcements take position outside the southern city of Sderot near the border with Gaza on Monday

Israeli army reinforcements take position outside the southern city of Sderot near the border with Gaza on Monday

Israeli soldiers gather near tanks, as violence around the nearby Gaza Strip mounts following a mass-rampage by armed Palestinian infiltrators on Monday

Israeli soldiers gather near tanks, as violence around the nearby Gaza Strip mounts following a mass-rampage by armed Palestinian infiltrators on Monday

Israel continued to relentlessly pound the Gaza Strip in the early hours of this morning

Israel continued to relentlessly pound the Gaza Strip in the early hours of this morning

An elderly Israeli woman was taken hostage

A young woman is seen kidnapped being driven off on a motorcycle

After the attacks Saturday morning, Hamas took dozens of Israeli civilians hostage

Israelis walk by a blown up police station in Sderot that was destroyed during a battle with Hamas militants who had overtaken the building

Israelis walk by a blown up police station in Sderot that was destroyed during a battle with Hamas militants who had overtaken the building

Israeli soldier directs armored vehicles heading towards the southern border with the Gaza strip on October 8, 2023 in Sderot, Israel. The nation is preparing a full blown counteroffensive against the terrorist organization

Israeli soldier directs armored vehicles heading towards the southern border with the Gaza strip on October 8, 2023 in Sderot, Israel. The nation is preparing a full blown counteroffensive against the terrorist organization

‘And perhaps above all, I wanted to come here tonight to stand with you in solidarity in Israel’s hour of need.

‘As the Prime Minister of this country, I’m unequivocal. The people who support Hamas are fully responsible for this appalling attack.

‘They are not militants. They are not freedom fighters. They are terrorists.’

Hamas has ruled Gaza since driving out forces loyal to the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority in 2007 and its rule has gone unchallenged through the blockade and four previous wars with Israel.

In a joint statement with his French, German, American and Italian counterparts on Monday night, Prime Rishi Sunak expressed his ‘unequivocal condemnation of Hamas and its appalling acts of terrorism.’

The communique was issued following a joint phone call between Mr Sunak, President Macron of France, Chancellor Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Meloni of Italy and US President Biden.

The five leaders said: ‘We make clear that the terrorist actions of Hamas have no justification, no legitimacy, and must be universally condemned.

Israel has no choice but to meet force with force. The Middle East's only democracy has every right to defend itself (Pictured: Gaza on Sunday)

Israel has no choice but to meet force with force. The Middle East’s only democracy has every right to defend itself (Pictured: Gaza on Sunday) 

Fire and smoke rise following an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City

Fire and smoke rise following an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City

‘There is never any justification for terrorism. In recent days, the world has watched in horror as Hamas terrorists massacred families in their homes, slaughtered over 200 young people enjoying a music festival, and kidnapped elderly women, children, and entire families, who are now being held as hostages.

‘Our countries will support Israel in its efforts to defend itself and its people against such atrocities.’

They added: ‘All of us recognise the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people, and support equal measures of justice and freedom for Israelis and Palestinians alike. But make no mistake: Hamas does not represent those aspirations, and it offers nothing for the Palestinian people other than more terror and bloodshed.

‘Over the coming days, we will remain united and coordinated, together as allies, and as common friends of Israel, to ensure Israel is able to defend itself, and to ultimately set the conditions for a peaceful and integrated Middle East region.’



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