Police are braced for further protests outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensington and Chelsea after clashes at yesterday's demonstration against the ongoing air strikes on Gaza.
Up to 700 people joined the protest forcing officers to close Kensington High Street yesterday afternoon. Ten people were arrested for a range of public order offences as demonstrators tried to force their way towards the Palace Green embassy, throwing placards and flags.
Some protestors attempted to climb the gate towards the heavily protected embassy, throwing a red liquid - to symbolise blood - towards the building. Riot police were brought in to restore order and make the arrests.
"We're keeping a watching brief. there's obviously the potential for more demonstrations to take place and hopefully if they do occur they will pass off peacefully," said a Met police spokesman.
At least 300 Palestinians have been killed so far during air strikes on Gaza with a further 1,000 injured, according to reports from the stricken area.
Palestinian-born Mohammed Zomlot, owner of the popular Maramia Cafe in Golborne Road, North Kensington, said the assault was "a disaster for my people."
"It's unbelievable. My family live in Gaza and we are very worried for them. They are keeping their heads down and hoping to survive. It's a tragedy, but in Gaza we have seen a lot of tragedies."
Mohammed's brother Husam, a Harvard-educated specialist in Middle East affairs, condemned the Israeli attack.
"This is about the use of sheer power by the Israelis over 1.5 million poor, and powerless people. They are using F-16 bombers on one of the most crowded places in the world," he said. "It's madness to kill so many and I fear these events will come back to haunt all of the international community for not ending it."
The Israeli deputy ambassador to the UK today said the attacks were against Hamas terrorists who have been firing homemade rockets into Israel and not ordinary Gazans.