‘Day of jihad’ sees anti-Israel protests around the world after former Hamas leader


Anti-Israel protests have been held in a ‘day of jihad’ across the world today after former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal demanded thousands of Muslims take to the streets to demonstrate amid the ongoing conflict. 

The demonstrations were staged after Friday prayers in Muslim communities around the world – including in Iraq,  Japan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – condemning Israel’s attacks on Gaza and showing support for Palestinians in the wake of the deadly surprise attack launched by Hamas terrorists in southern Israel.  

Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered Friday in Tahrir Square in the centre of Baghdad, and similar protests are expected in Syria and other Arab countries following afternoon prayers.

During some of the protests – like in Iran, Bangladesh and Malaysia – angry demonstrators burned Israeli and American flags. 

Thousands more gathered in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Friday for a demonstration in support of Palestinians, with many holding banners reading: ‘The victory march will continue, solidarity with Palestine‘ and ‘Stand with Palestine, Liberated Palestine’.

The widespread protests come after former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal demanded thousands take to the streets today. 

‘[We must] head to the squares and streets of the Arab and Islamic world on Friday,’ Meshaal, who currently heads Hamas’s diaspora office, said yesterday. 

IRAQ: On Friday, photos and videos posted on X showed thousands of Iraqis flooding Baghdad's Tahir Square in support of Hamas

IRAQ: On Friday, photos and videos posted on X showed thousands of Iraqis flooding Baghdad’s Tahir Square in support of Hamas

JAPAN: Police officers jostle with members of the Muslim community in Japan, during a rally in support of Hamas on Friday

JAPAN: Police officers jostle with members of the Muslim community in Japan, during a rally in support of Hamas on Friday

BANGLADESH: A demonstrator prepares to burn a flag of Israel during anti-Israel protest in Dhaka on Friday

BANGLADESH: A demonstrator prepares to burn a flag of Israel during anti-Israel protest in Dhaka on Friday

MALAYSIA: Muslims burn Israeli flags during a rally to show support of Hamas in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Muslims burn Israeli flags during a rally to show support of Hamas in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

AUSTRALIA: A protest in support of Palestine in Brisbane on Friday evening

AUSTRALIA: A protest in support of Palestine in Brisbane on Friday evening 

INDONESIA: More than 200 people also rallied in front of the National Monument in Indonesia’s capital on Friday, waving banners expressing solidarity with the Palestinians

INDONESIA: More than 200 people also rallied in front of the National Monument in Indonesia’s capital on Friday, waving banners expressing solidarity with the Palestinians 

ITALY: Young pro-Palestine boys clash with the police who keep them away from pro-Israel people, at the end of a demonstration in support of Israel on Thursday night

ITALY: Young pro-Palestine boys clash with the police who keep them away from pro-Israel people, at the end of a demonstration in support of Israel on Thursday night 

FRANCE: Clashes occur between protesters and riot police during a demonstration in solidarity with Palestine at the Place de la Republique in Paris on Thursday night

FRANCE: Clashes occur between protesters and riot police during a demonstration in solidarity with Palestine at the Place de la Republique in Paris on Thursday night

SRI LANKA: Sri Lankan Muslims participate in a protest against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and to show solidarity with Palestinian people in Colombo on Friday

SRI LANKA: Sri Lankan Muslims participate in a protest against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and to show solidarity with Palestinian people in Colombo on Friday

IRAN: Iranian worshippers burn a representation of the Israeli flag during their pro-Palestinian rally before the Friday payers in Tehran on Friday

IRAN: Iranian worshippers burn a representation of the Israeli flag during their pro-Palestinian rally before the Friday payers in Tehran on Friday

The former terror leader, who is based in Qatar, said the governments and peoples of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt have a bigger duty to support the Palestinians in comments recorded earlier this week. Jordan and Lebanon are home to the largest number of Palestinian refugees.

In Baghdad, tens of thousands gathered in Tahrir Square in the center of Iraq’s capital today for protests called by the influential Shiite cleric and political leader Muqtada al-Sadr. 

Giant Palestinian flags were seen laid on the ground alongside the flag of Iraq in a sign of solidarity as the Israeli flag was set alight. Demonstrators at the rally chanted: ‘No to the occupation! No to America!’

‘May this demonstration… terrify the great evil, America, which supports Zionist terrorism against our loved ones in Palestine,’ al-Sadr said in an online statement. 

In Tokyo, Muslims were embroiled in a standoff with police as they protested on the streets outside of the Israeli embassy in the city. Less than 24 hours earlier, pro-Israel supporters were peacefully singing in Hebrew outside of the same building.

Across Iran, a supporter of Hamas and Israel’s regional archenemy, demonstrators protested. In Tehran, the country’s capital, they burned Israeli and Ameircan flags, chanting: ‘Death to Israel,’ ‘Death to America,’ ‘Israel will be doomed,’ and ‘Palestine will be the conqueror.’ 

‘The Palestinian people are fed up, now your idea is to destroy Gaza, the houses of the people,’ Iran’s hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi said in a speech in the country’s southern Fars province. ‘The people of the world and Palestine will cause trouble for you.’ 

Meanwhile, Jordanian riot police on Friday forcibly dispersed hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters trying to reach a border zone with the Israeli-occupied West Bank as thousands held anti-Israel demonstrations across the country, witnesses said.

Jordan is worried that a regional widening of violence arising from the war between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in Gaza could have repercussions for itself given that a large percentage of its population are Palestinians.

The nation lost the West Bank including East Jerusalem to Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and the Palestinian territory was seeing a rise in violence between Palestinians and the Israeli military and settlers even before the Gaza conflict erupted.

Witnesses said police fired tear gas to halt about 500 demonstrators who had reached a security checkpoint outside the capital Amman on a highway leading to a main border crossing.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal's call for Muslims to 'take the streets' in the wake of the terror group's brutal assault on Israel has resulted in worldwide protests

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal’s call for Muslims to ‘take the streets’ in the wake of the terror group’s brutal assault on Israel has resulted in worldwide protests 

IRAQ: People gather next to burning Israeli flags as supporters of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: People gather next to burning Israeli flags as supporters of Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: Supporters of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: Supporters of Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: Thousands of protesters gather during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: Thousands of protesters gather during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: Thousands of protesters gather during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: Thousands of protesters gather during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: An aerial view of the demonstration in support of pro-Palestine at the al-Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq on Friday

IRAQ: An aerial view of the demonstration in support of pro-Palestine at the al-Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq on Friday

IRAQ: Supporters of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather for mass Friday prayer during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: Supporters of Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather for mass Friday prayer during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: Iraqis burn Israeli flags during a mass rally in support of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: Iraqis burn Israeli flags during a mass rally in support of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: An aerial view of the demonstration in support of pro-Palestine at the al-Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: An aerial view of the demonstration in support of pro-Palestine at the al-Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: People stand next to fire as supporters of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Baghdad on Friday

IRAQ: People stand next to fire as supporters of Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather during a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Baghdad on Friday

The interior ministry had issued a ban against holding anti-Israel marches in the sensitive border area, where it said the Jordan river valley was closed to protesters but that licensed protests elsewhere would be allowed.

The outpouring of Arab anger against Israel over its siege and bombardment of Gaza retaliating for a devastating cross-border Hamas attack also fuelled a large rally on Friday in downtown Amman and in many of the kingdom’s main cities.

It comes after Meshaal said yesterday: ‘Tribes of Jordan, sons of Jordan, brothers and sisters of Jordan… This is a moment of truth and the borders are close to you, you all know your responsibility.

‘To all scholars who teach jihad… to all who teach and learn, this is a moment for the application (of theories).’

Today, several thousand protesters near downtown Amman chanted slogans in support of Hamas and demanded the government close the Israeli embassy and scrap the 1994 peace treaty with Israel.

In the cities of Irbid and Zarqa, thousands took to the streets carrying Hamas flags, vowing revenge against Israel and calling on the terrorists to escalate strikes.

The peace treaty remains widely unpopular among Jordanians who see normalisation with Israel as a sellout of the rights of their Palestinian brethren seeking to establish a state in Israeli-occupied territories.

The Israeli embassy, where protesters gather daily, has long been a flashpoint of anti-Israel protests at times of turmoil in the Palestinian territories.

BANGLADESH: A demonstrator carries a placard with a defaced picture of US President Joe Biden amongst other demonstrators waving Palestinian flags during anti-Israel protest in Dhaka on Friday

BANGLADESH: A demonstrator carries a placard with a defaced picture of US President Joe Biden amongst other demonstrators waving Palestinian flags during anti-Israel protest in Dhaka on Friday

BANGLADESH: Demonstrators shout slogans during anti-Israel protest in Dhaka on Friday

BANGLADESH: Demonstrators shout slogans during anti-Israel protest in Dhaka on Friday

BANGLADESH: Demonstrators carry placards and shout slogans during anti-Israel protest in Dhaka on Friday

BANGLADESH: Demonstrators carry placards and shout slogans during anti-Israel protest in Dhaka on Friday 

BANGLADESH: Bangladeshi Muslim activists try to set fire on the Israel's flag and the effigy of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they protest against Israel's actions against Palestinians after Friday prayer at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka

BANGLADESH: Bangladeshi Muslim activists try to set fire on the Israel’s flag and the effigy of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they protest against Israel’s actions against Palestinians after Friday prayer at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka

BANGLADESH: Demonstrators shout slogans during anti-Israel protest in Dhaka on Friday

BANGLADESH: Demonstrators shout slogans during anti-Israel protest in Dhaka on Friday

BANGLADESH: Demonstrators shout slogans during anti-Israel protest in Dhaka on Friday in protest against Israel's bombardment of Palestinians in Gaza

BANGLADESH: Demonstrators shout slogans during anti-Israel protest in Dhaka on Friday in protest against Israel’s bombardment of Palestinians in Gaza

In Yemen’s Sanaa, held by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels still at war with a Saudi-led coalition, live television footage showed demonstrators crowding streets and waving Yemeni and Palestinian flags. The rebels’ slogan long has been: ‘God is the greatest; death to America; death to Israel; curse of the Jews; victory to Islam.’

After prayers in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, some worshippers stepped on American and Israeli flags, in a sign of disrespect. Protests there broke up peacefully, though other larger ones were expected later in the day.

‘Stop bombing Palestine!’ shouted one of the demonstrators, Ahmed Raza. ‘Stop killing innocent Palestinians!’

At Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Israeli police had been permitting only older men, women and children to the sprawling hilltop compound for prayers, trying to prevent the potential for violence as tens of thousands attend on a typical Friday. 

Police allowed just a Palestinian teenage girl and her mother into the compound out of 20 worshippers who tried to get in, some of them even over the age of 50. 

JAPAN: Members of the Muslim community in Japan hold a rally in support of Palestinians, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists near the Israeli embassy in Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: Members of the Muslim community in Japan hold a rally in support of Palestinians, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists near the Israeli embassy in Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: A protester scuffles with police officers during a rally in support of Palestinians near the Embassy of Israel in Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: A protester scuffles with police officers during a rally in support of Palestinians near the Embassy of Israel in Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: Police officers push back a man during a protest near the Embassy of Israel on Friday in Tokyo

JAPAN: Police officers push back a man during a protest near the Embassy of Israel on Friday in Tokyo

Police officers push back a man during a protest near the Embassy of Israel in Tokyo on Friday

Police officers push back a man during a protest near the Embassy of Israel in Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: Protesters take part in a pro-Palestinian rally near the Israeli embassy in central Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: Protesters take part in a pro-Palestinian rally near the Israeli embassy in central Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: Muslims protest Israel's retaliation against Gaza following the Hamas terrorist attack in Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: Muslims protest Israel’s retaliation against Gaza following the Hamas terrorist attack in Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: Protesters take part in a pro-Palestinian rally near the Israeli embassy in central Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: Protesters take part in a pro-Palestinian rally near the Israeli embassy in central Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: Protesters take part in a pro-Palestinian rally near the Israeli embassy in central Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: Protesters take part in a pro-Palestinian rally near the Israeli embassy in central Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: Muslims living in Japan shout slogans during a rally in support of Palestinians near the Embassy of Israel in Tokyo on Friday

JAPAN: Muslims living in Japan shout slogans during a rally in support of Palestinians near the Embassy of Israel in Tokyo on Friday

Young Palestinian men who were refused entry gathered at the steps near Lion’s Gate, their eyes downcast, until police shouted at them and shepherded them out of the Old City altogether. 

‘We can’t live, we can’t breathe, they are killing everything that is good within us,’ said Ahmad Barbour, a 57-year-old cleaner in a clean white thobe, seething after police blocked him from entering for prayers.  

‘Everything that is forbidden to us is allowed to them,’ he added, referring to Israelis.

The mosque sits in a hilltop compound sacred to both Jews and Muslims, and conflicting claims over it have spilled into violence before. Al-Aqsa is the third-holiest site in Islam and stands in a spot known to Jews as the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism.

Police later fired tear gas in the Old City and east Jerusalem. The Palestinian Red Crescent said its medics treated six wounded people, with at least one beaten up by officers, the organization said. 

Meshaal’s call for a Friday 13th uprising was reiterated by Hamas itself, according to the Israeli-run, Washington DC-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

INDIA: Police detain a protester during an anti-Israel demonstration in New Delhi on Friday

INDIA: Police detain a protester during an anti-Israel demonstration in New Delhi on Friday

INDIA: Indian Security forces detain a group of students organising a demonstration in support of the Palestinians at the Jantar Mantar Protest Site in New Delhi

INDIA: Indian Security forces detain a group of students organising a demonstration in support of the Palestinians at the Jantar Mantar Protest Site in New Delhi 

INDIA: Indian Security forces detain a group of students organising a demonstration in support of the Palestinians at the Jantar Mantar Protest Site in New Delhi

INDIA: Indian Security forces detain a group of students organising a demonstration in support of the Palestinians at the Jantar Mantar Protest Site in New Delhi

MEMRI said that Hamas urged its supporters in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel to rise up in what he called ‘the Al-Aqsa Flood’ – echoing what the the secretive Palestinian mastermind Mohammed Deif calls the attack he launched on Saturday against Israel.

The phrase Israel’s most wanted man used in an audio tape broadcast as Hamas fired thousands of rockets out of the Gaza Strip over the weekend signalled the attack was their payback for Israeli raids at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque.

‘We declare next Friday, ”The Friday of the Al-Aqsa Flood,” as a day of general mobilization in our Arab and Islamic world and among the free people of the world,’ Meshaal’s statement said.

‘It is a day to rally support, offer aid, and participate actively. It is a day to expose the crimes of the occupation, isolate it, and foil all its aggressive schemes. It is a day to demonstrate our love for Palestine, Jerusalem, and Al-Aqsa.

‘It is a day for sacrifice, heroism, and dedication, and to earn the honour of defending the first Qibla of Muslims, the third holiest mosque, and the ascension of the trusted Messenger.’

JORDAN: Thousands of protesters take to the streets of Amman to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza on Friday

JORDAN: Thousands of protesters take to the streets of Amman to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza on Friday

JORDAN: Jordanians gather to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Amman on Friday

JORDAN: Jordanians gather to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Amman on Friday

JORDAN: Jordanians gather to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Amman on Friday

JORDAN: Jordanians gather to express solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Amman on Friday

Israel’s Defence Forces have said they want to completely strip Hamas of its power to govern in Palestine after what has been described as the country’s ‘worst day in history’ with the number of Israeli’s killed in the conflict set to rise further. 

In response to the barbaric attacks, which has seen 1,300 Israelis massacred including pregnant women and children, Israel has launched a relentless barrage of airstrikes that have obliterated entire neighbourhoods in Gaza and killed 1,530 Palestinians. 

The Israeli airstrikes have so far flattened much of the town of Beit Hanoun in the Palestinian enclave’s north-east corner, which Hamas terrorists had been using as a staging ground for their attacks. 

And in a sign that Israel has no notion of stopping its airstrikes, the IDF today issued an evacuation order directly on Friday morning, telling the 1.1 million people living north of an area called Wadi Gaza to move south. This would mean the entire population of Gaza City and its surroundings fleeing their homes.

The UN says it is impossible to move that many people without devastating humanitarian consequences, and has urged Israel to rescind the order.

PAKISTAN: Demonstrators burn the flags of Israel (R) and the US (L) during a rally to express solidarity with the Palestinians in Islamabad on Friday

PAKISTAN: Demonstrators burn the flags of Israel (R) and the US (L) during a rally to express solidarity with the Palestinians in Islamabad on Friday

PAKISTAN: Members of civil society group hold a demonstration against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and to show solidarity with Palestinian people, in Hyderabad on Friday

PAKISTAN: Members of civil society group hold a demonstration against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and to show solidarity with Palestinian people, in Hyderabad on Friday

PAKISTAN: Demonstrators stand over the flags of Israel (R) and the US (L) during a rally to express solidarity with the Palestinians, in Islamabad on Friday

PAKISTAN: Demonstrators stand over the flags of Israel (R) and the US (L) during a rally to express solidarity with the Palestinians, in Islamabad on Friday

PAKISTAN: Demonstrators burn the flags of Israel (R) and the US (L) during a rally to express solidarity with the Palestinians, in Islamabad on Friday

PAKISTAN: Demonstrators burn the flags of Israel (R) and the US (L) during a rally to express solidarity with the Palestinians, in Islamabad on Friday

PAKISTAN: Shiite Muslims chant slogans against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza during a demonstration to show solidarity with Palestinian people, in Islamabad on Friday

PAKISTAN: Shiite Muslims chant slogans against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza during a demonstration to show solidarity with Palestinian people, in Islamabad on Friday 

PAKISTAN: Shiite Muslims take part in a demonstration against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza to show solidarity with Palestinian people, in Islamabad on Friday

PAKISTAN: Shiite Muslims take part in a demonstration against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza to show solidarity with Palestinian people, in Islamabad on Friday

PAKISTAN: Shiite Muslims leave a mosque after Friday prayers as they walk over the representations of Israeli and the U.S. flags as a protest against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and to show solidarity with Palestinian people, in Islamabad on Friday

PAKISTAN: Shiite Muslims leave a mosque after Friday prayers as they walk over the representations of Israeli and the U.S. flags as a protest against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and to show solidarity with Palestinian people, in Islamabad on Friday

The Gaza Strip, home to 2.3million civilians, has so far been bombarded by approximately 6,000 bombs containing a total of 4,000 tonnes of explosives since Saturday when it began striking Hamas targets, the Israeli army said yesterday. 

But Palestinians are preparing for a ground offensive of unprecedented scale on the tiny, crowded enclave, exceeding previous bouts of destructive warfare. 

Palestine‘s health minister also warned that Gaza is facing a humanitarian and health catastrophe and urged all countries and human rights groups to help with the immediate entry of medical and emergency aid to the enclave.

Meanwhile, Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit branded the Israeli order a ‘forced transfer’ that he said constitutes a ‘crime‘, while the secretary general of the pan-Arab body, in a letter sent to UN chief Antonio Guterres, accused Israel of carrying out ‘an atrocious act of revenge… punishing helpless civilians in Gaza’.

LEBANON: Hezbollah supporters attend a rally supporting Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Beirut on Friday

LEBANON: Hezbollah supporters attend a rally supporting Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Beirut on Friday 

LEBANON: Hezbollah supporters attend a rally supporting Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Beirut on Friday

LEBANON: Hezbollah supporters attend a rally supporting Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Beirut on Friday 

LEBANON: Hezbollah supporters attend a rally supporting Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Beirut on Friday

LEBANON: Hezbollah supporters attend a rally supporting Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Beirut on Friday

It comes as Hamas claimed at least 13 Israeli and foreign hostages held in northern Gaza have been killed in Israeli air strikes in the past 24 hours, and before Hamas operatives fired hundreds of rockets towards Israel around midday on Friday.

‘Thirteen prisoners… including foreigners’ were killed in five locations targeted by Israeli fighter jets, Hamas’s armed wing said Friday.

Israel’s military sent one evacuation order directly on Friday morning, telling the 1.1 million people living north of an area called Wadi Gaza to move south. This would mean the entire population of Gaza City and its surroundings fleeing their homes.

According to translations of the IDF flyers online, the army told residents that ‘terrorist organisations have started the war against the State of Israel.’

As a result, it said ‘Gaza City has become a battlefield’ and told residents they had to evacuate ‘Punik immediately and go to the south of the Gaza Valley.’

It also issued a stark warning to Palestinians not to try and cross into Israel.

MALAYSIA: Women hold Palestinian flags while marching to the US embassy during a demonstration against the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Women hold Palestinian flags while marching to the US embassy during a demonstration against the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: People hold placards as they march to the US Embassy during a demonstration against the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: People hold placards as they march to the US Embassy during a demonstration against the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Muslim activists and Palestinian nationals gather to express solidarity with the people of Palestine as they march towards the US Embassy after prayers on Friday in Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA: Muslim activists and Palestinian nationals gather to express solidarity with the people of Palestine as they march towards the US Embassy after prayers on Friday in Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA: People hold placards as they march to the US Embassy during a demonstration against the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: People hold placards as they march to the US Embassy during a demonstration against the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: A man wears a 'Free Palestine' scarf takes part in a demonstration against the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, outside the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: A man wears a ‘Free Palestine’ scarf takes part in a demonstration against the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, outside the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Children step on a banner with the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Malaysian Muslim activists and Palestinian nationals gather to express solidarity with the people of Palestine on Friday

MALAYSIA: Children step on a banner with the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Malaysian Muslim activists and Palestinian nationals gather to express solidarity with the people of Palestine on Friday

MALAYSIA: A child dressed in Palestinian attire walks past an Israel flag during a protest to express solidarity with the people of Palestine on Friday in Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA: A child dressed in Palestinian attire walks past an Israel flag during a protest to express solidarity with the people of Palestine on Friday in Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA: Palestinian children holding flags sit down during a protest to express in solidarity in the wake of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Palestinian children holding flags sit down during a protest to express in solidarity in the wake of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: People hold Palestinian flags while marching to the US embassy during a demonstration against the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: People hold Palestinian flags while marching to the US embassy during a demonstration against the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Malaysian Muslim activists and Palestinian nationals gather to express solidarity with the people of Palestine as they march towards the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Malaysian Muslim activists and Palestinian nationals gather to express solidarity with the people of Palestine as they march towards the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Malaysian Muslim activists and Palestinian nationals gather to express solidarity with the people of Palestine as they march towards the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

MALAYSIA: Malaysian Muslim activists and Palestinian nationals gather to express solidarity with the people of Palestine as they march towards the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday

‘For your security and safety: You should not return to Piona until further notice by the Israel Defense Army,’ the flyers said. ‘Generally and well-known shelters in Gaza City must be evacuated. It is forbidden to approach the security wall, and everyone who is approaching exposes himself to death.’

A small map was also printed on the bottom of the flyer, with arrows pointing from the north of Gaza to the south, showing the 1.1 million Palestinians which way to flee.

The Israeli military had said it would operate with ‘significant force’ in Gaza in the coming days amid fears of a huge ground offensive. Spokesman Jonathan Conricus said Israeli forces ‘will make extensive efforts to avoid harming civilians’.

He added: ‘Out of an understanding that there are civilians here who are not our enemy and we do not want to target them, we are asking them to evacuate.’

But the UN has said it is impossible to move that many people without devastating humanitarian consequences, and has urged Israel to rescind the order.

Suffering in Gaza has been rising dramatically with Palestinians desperate for food, fuel and medicine and the territory’s only power plant shut down for lack of fuel. The morgue at Gaza’s biggest hospital overflowed as bodies came in faster than relatives could claim them.

INDONESIA: More than 200 people also rallied in front of the National Monument in Indonesia’s capital on Friday, waving banners expressing solidarity with the Palestinians

INDONESIA: More than 200 people also rallied in front of the National Monument in Indonesia’s capital on Friday, waving banners expressing solidarity with the Palestinians

INDONESIA: Indonesian Muslims shout slogans and display banners during a rally in support of the Palestinians in Jakarta on Friday

INDONESIA: Indonesian Muslims shout slogans and display banners during a rally in support of the Palestinians in Jakarta on Friday

INDONESIA: An Indonesian child holds a toy gun as they gather during a rally in support of Palestine after Friday prayers in Yogyakarta

INDONESIA: An Indonesian child holds a toy gun as they gather during a rally in support of Palestine after Friday prayers in Yogyakarta

INDONESIA: Indonesian Muslims react as they gather during a rally in support of Palestine after Friday prayers in Yogyakarta

INDONESIA: Indonesian Muslims react as they gather during a rally in support of Palestine after Friday prayers in Yogyakarta

INDONESIA: Indonesian children raise toys gun as they gather during a rally in support of Palestine after prayers on Friday in Yogyakarta

INDONESIA: Indonesian children raise toys gun as they gather during a rally in support of Palestine after prayers on Friday in Yogyakarta

INDONESIA: Indonesian children raise toys gun as they gather during a rally in support of Palestine after prayers on Friday in Yogyakarta

INDONESIA: Indonesian children raise toys gun as they gather during a rally in support of Palestine after prayers on Friday in Yogyakarta

INDONESIA: Indonesian Muslims react as they gather during a rally in support of Palestine after Friday prayers in Yogyakarta

INDONESIA: Indonesian Muslims react as they gather during a rally in support of Palestine after Friday prayers in Yogyakarta

Meanwhile, a Hamas official called the evacuation order ‘fake propaganda’, urged Palestinians to stay in their homes and not to ‘fall for it’. 

The Hamas Authority for Refugee Affairs called on residents of the north of the territory to ‘remain steadfast in your homes and to stand firm in the face of this disgusting psychological war waged by the occupation’.

The flurry of directives was taken as signalling an already expected Israeli ground offensive, though the Israeli military has not yet confirmed such a decision.

On Thursday it said that while it was preparing, no official decision has been made.

Any ground offensive would be the strongest response yet to Hamas’ shock assault, and would likely bring even higher casualties on both sides in brutal guerrilla warfare as Israeli soldiers go house-to-house and hunt down Hamas terrorists.

‘This evacuation is for your own safety,’ the Israeli military said, in a warning it said was sent to all Gaza City civilians.’

Suffering in Gaza has risen dramatically with Palestinians desperate for food, fuel and medicine, while the territory’s only power plant shut down for lack of fuel.

The mortuary at Gaza’s biggest hospital Al Shifa overflowed as bodies came in faster than relatives could claim them.

WEST BANK: Palestinians take part in a protest following Israeli strikes on Gaza, in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday

WEST BANK: Palestinians take part in a protest following Israeli strikes on Gaza, in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday

WEST BANK: Protesters stand near burning tires as Palestinians take part in a protest following Israeli strikes on Gaza, in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday

WEST BANK: Protesters stand near burning tires as Palestinians take part in a protest following Israeli strikes on Gaza, in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday

WEST BANK: Protesters kick burning tires as Palestinians take part in a protest following Israeli strikes on Gaza, in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday

WEST BANK: Protesters kick burning tires as Palestinians take part in a protest following Israeli strikes on Gaza, in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday

WEST BANK: Palestinians take part in a protest following Israeli strikes on Gaza, in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday

WEST BANK: Palestinians take part in a protest following Israeli strikes on Gaza, in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday

Israeli border guards and police search Palestinian youths outside the Lion's gate of the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday

Israeli border guards and police search Palestinian youths outside the Lion’s gate of the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday

Muslim women argue with members of the Israeli security forces in the old city of Jerusalem as they arrive for the Friday noon prayer on Friday

Muslim women argue with members of the Israeli security forces in the old city of Jerusalem as they arrive for the Friday noon prayer on Friday

Members of the Israeli security forces check Muslims arriving at a checkpoint in the old city of Jerusalem for the Friday noon prayer on Friday

Members of the Israeli security forces check Muslims arriving at a checkpoint in the old city of Jerusalem for the Friday noon prayer on Friday

US defence secretary Lloyd Austin is set to visit on Friday, a day after American secretary of state Antony Blinken was in Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The war has claimed at least 2,800 lives on both sides since Hamas launched an incursion on October 7.

Inas Hamdan, an officer at the UN Palestinian refugee agency in Gaza City, said: ‘This is chaos, no-one understands what to do.’

She said all the UN staff in Gaza City and northern Gaza had been told to evacuate south to Rafah.

Nebal Farsakh, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent in Gaza City, claimed there was no way more than one million people could be safely moved within the timeframe specified, saying: ‘Forget about food, forget about electricity, forget about fuel. The only concern now is just if … you’re going to live.’

She added: ‘What will happen to our patients? We have wounded, we have elderly, we have children who are in hospitals.’

The flurry of directives was taken as signalling an expected Israeli ground offensive, though the Israeli military has not yet confirmed such a decision. On Thursday it said that while it was preparing, no decision has been made.

AUSTRALIA: An emotional teenager is comforted during a vigil for the victims of the recent attacks in Israel, at Caulfield Park in Melbourne on Friday

AUSTRALIA: An emotional teenager is comforted during a vigil for the victims of the recent attacks in Israel, at Caulfield Park in Melbourne on Friday

AUSTRALIA: People become emotional during for the victims of the recent attacks in Israel, at Caulfield Park in Melbourne on Friday

AUSTRALIA: People become emotional during for the victims of the recent attacks in Israel, at Caulfield Park in Melbourne on Friday

AUSTRALIA: People gather during a vigil for the victims of the recent attacks in Israel, at Caulfield Park in Melbourne on Friday

AUSTRALIA: People gather during a vigil for the victims of the recent attacks in Israel, at Caulfield Park in Melbourne on Friday

AUSTRALIA: People gather during a vigil for the victims of the recent attacks in Israel, at Caulfield Park in Melbourne on Friday

AUSTRALIA: People gather during a vigil for the victims of the recent attacks in Israel, at Caulfield Park in Melbourne on Friday

Spanish supporters of Israel gather in Madrid to show their solidarity with the Jewish state

Spanish supporters of Israel gather in Madrid to show their solidarity with the Jewish state 

Pro-Israel students protest at New York City's Columbia University in the wake of student's group's statements in support of Hamas

Pro-Israel students protest at New York City’s Columbia University in the wake of student’s group’s statements in support of Hamas 

AUSTRALIA: A child participates in a rally against the occupation of Palestine and the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Canberra on Friday

AUSTRALIA: A child participates in a rally against the occupation of Palestine and the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Canberra on Friday

It comes as Human Rights Watch accused Israel of using white phosphorus munitions in its military operations in Gaza and Lebanon, saying the use of such weapons puts civilians at risk of serious and long-term injury.

At least 1,500 Palestinians have been killed in the indiscriminate bombing campaigns, and Israel has also traded barbs with Lebanon’s Hezbollah group.

Human Rights Watch said it verified videos taken in Lebanon on Oct. 10 and Gaza on Oct. 11 showing ‘multiple airbursts of artillery-fired white phosphorus over the Gaza City port and two rural locations along the Israel-Lebanon border’. 

White phosphorus munitions can legally be used on battlefields to make smoke screens, generate illumination, mark targets or burn bunkers and buildings.

Because it has legal uses, white phosphorus is not banned as a chemical weapon under international conventions – but it can cause serious burns and start fires.

White phosphorous is considered an incendiary weapon under Protocol III of the Convention on the Prohibition of Use of Certain Conventional Weapons, which prohibits using incendiary weapons against military targets located among civilians, although Israel has not signed it and is not bound by it.

‘White phosphorous is unlawfully indiscriminate when airburst in populated urban areas, where it can burn down houses and cause egregious harm to civilians,’ Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Asked for comment on the allegations, Israel’s military said it was ‘currently not aware of the use of weapons containing white phosphorous in Gaza.’ 

It did not provide comment on the rights watchdog’s allegations of their use in Lebanon.

Palestinian TV channels have broadcast video in recent days showing thin plumes of white smoke lining the sky over Gaza that they say was caused by such munitions.

Israel’s military in 2013 said it was phasing out white phosphorus smokescreen munitions used during its 2008-2009 offensive in Gaza, which drew war crimes allegations from various rights groups.

The military at the time did not say whether it would also review use of weaponised white phosphorus, which is designed to incinerate enemy positions.



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