Thousands of Palestinian supporters march in London, Paris – Al-Tahrir News Network

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Thousands of people joined a pro-Palestine protest in London today as a 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was held in Gaza.

Marches gathered around the world, including outside the Israeli embassy in London Photo: Daily Mail

Protesters chanted ‘Free Palestine’ outside the Israeli Embassy as they called for an end to the conflict in the West Bank.

The march went from Israel’s Embassy in west London to Parliament Square Photo: Daily Mail

The march from Kensington High Street, west London, to Parliament was the latest in a series of protests organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, as tensions soared in the Middle East.

In Newcastle, protesters in support of Palestinians carried a coffin through the streets as they called on Israel to halt the conflict

World leaders were gathering today in Paris for crisis talks as 1,500 riot police prepared to quell pro-Palestinian protests on the streets of the French capital.

A protestor holding a placard during a protest on the Republique Square in Paris, which had been banned by the authorities Photo: Daily Mail

Human rights groups Amnesty International issued a statement to France’s socialist government about banning the protest, saying it was concerned about ‘the threat in France to the fundamental right of freedom of peaceful assembly.’

French riot police prepare their shields as they face up to protestors in the capital, near a meeting of world leaders Photo: Daily Mail

France’s interior minister called on organisers of the banned pro-Gaza protest to observe the order, fearing anti-Semitic violence.

Bernard Cazeneuve made his public appeal shortly before today’s demonstration in Paris was to start.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators spray fumes with the colours of the Palestinian flag on the Republique square in Paris Photo: Daily Mail

Hours earlier, the Council of State, France’s top administrative body, ruled the protest ban was legal. A court had ruled likewise, but organisers said they still planned to hold the protest.

The demonstrators in Paris waved Palestinian flags and French flags as they protested near a crisis meeting of world leaders Photo: Reuters

France has Western Europe’s largest Jewish and Muslim populations. Two banned pro-Gaza protests last weekend, in Paris and Sarcelles, to the north, degenerated into violence and attacks on synagogues.