40 arrested, three police injured in pro-Palestinian march in London’s Westminster

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Forty people were arrested during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London’s Westminster that left three police officers injured, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement early on Wednesday.

One of the officers was seriously injured when she was struck by a bottle thrown from within the crowd, the statement said, adding that the suspect has not yet been identified and an investigation was currently under way.

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The other two officers sustained minor injuries.

The protest, organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other groups, took place in Whitehall from 6 p.m.

Global outrage mounted following an Israeli airstrike on a displacement camp outside Rafah ignited an inferno, killing at least 45 people and injured hundreds.

Videos and images of the Israeli attack on the city in southern Gaza that were circulating online showed blackened corpses, decapitated children, charred carnage, and dozens of people being rushed to hospitals.

The demonstrators were permitted to stay until 8 p.m.; however, a group of about 500 people remained and continued to protest “putting them in breach of the conditions in place,” the police statement said.

“Officers engaged extensively before making a number of arrests for failing to comply with conditions. As they moved in, some in the crowd resisted physically requiring officers to use force to extract those who had been arrested,” the police said.

Several people set off on a breakaway march, which led officers to arrest a total of 40 people “for offences including breach of Public Order Act conditions, obstruction of the highway and assaults on emergency workers,” according to the statement.

Israel’s war on Gaza has killed more than 36,000 people, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in the territory.

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