As the Israel-Hamas conflict continues to escalate, London witnessed celebrations on its streets after Hamas launched an offensive against Israel, resulting in over 300 casualties. The Metropolitan Police, commonly known as Scotland Yard, has responded to a series of reported incidents related to the ongoing conflict, including messages and images shared on social media platforms, according to media reports.
Videos circulated on social media depicting individuals celebrating the attack on Israel while waving Palestinian flags in various parts of London. In response to these events, UK Home Office Minister Robert Jenrick condemned those who "glorify" the terrorist activities of Hamas. London Mayor Sadiq Khan issued a stern warning that hate crimes would not be tolerated.
The Metropolitan Police issued a statement on Saturday evening acknowledging the reported incidents and expressing their commitment to ensuring community safety. To achieve this, they have increased policing patrols across certain areas of the city and maintained communication with community leaders and partners to address concerns.
The statement also acknowledged the potential for protests in the coming days related to the ongoing conflict and emphasized the need for an appropriate policing plan to balance the right to protest with the interests of Londoners.
Home Office Minister Robert Jenrick underscored the seriousness of the situation, stating, "These disgusting people are glorifying the terrorist activities of Hamas, a proscribed organization. There is no place for this in the UK. I trust the Met Police will be taking this seriously." London Mayor Sadiq Khan affirmed his commitment to combatting hate crimes and maintaining community safety, assuring Londoners of an increased police presence.
Meanwhile, reports have surfaced of celebrations in Iran, where the Hamas offensive has been referred to as a "proud operation."
The Israel-Hamas conflict, marked by an unprecedented attack by the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Israel, began on Saturday morning and has resulted in at least 300 casualties. In response, the Israel Defense Force launched Operation Iron Swords, resulting in over 230 casualties in Gaza and the West Bank. The situation continues to develop, with London and other cities around the world closely monitoring and responding to related events.