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Watch | UK PM Sunak welcomes US VP Kamala Harris amid pro-Palestinian protests outdoors Downing Road

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The US Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in London for a go to, on Wednesday (Nov 1) and her motorcade en path to the UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s residence was met with tons of of pro-Palestinian protesters chanting “ceasefire now” amid the continued struggle between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. 

The US and UK have repeatedly backed Israel and its proper to defend itself in opposition to the Palestinian militant group. Nevertheless, Israel has garnered criticism from the United Nations, humanitarian organisations and different nations for alleged struggle crimes as Israeli forces proceed to bombard Gaza. 

‘Ceasefire now’

The US VP’s motorcade was met with tons of of protesters outdoors the UK PM’s residence, Downing Road chanting “ceasefire now” and “disgrace on you”. Georgie Robertson, a protester outdoors Downing Road, advised the Guardian that the protest was referred to as on a brief discover after activists discovered concerning the assembly on a information ahead planning service. 

“There’s tons of of individuals stood outdoors Downing Road chanting…We had been right here when the motorcade arrived and everyone seems to be chanting very loudly, being very disruptive. Lots of individuals mobilised at actually quick discover,” Robertson advised the British media outlet. 
 

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UK PM and US VP assembly

Throughout the assembly, Sunak and Harris reaffirmed Israel’s proper to defend itself after the “appalling” Palestinian militant group Hamas’ assaults on October 7, mentioned the White Home in an announcement concerning the assembly between the 2 leaders. 

The US VP and UK PM additionally welcomed the choice to permit international nationals to go away Gaza and mentioned the “significance of the safety of civilians in Gaza, the legislation of struggle and rising the tempo and scale of humanitarian help to harmless civilians in Gaza.”

Notably, each London and Washington have referred to as for humanitarian pauses in preventing however not for a ceasefire in Gaza. 

Earlier this week, British Overseas Secretary James Cleverly mentioned the UK is making an attempt to rearrange a brief cessation of hostilities within the Gaza Strip in order that extra humanitarian assist will be delivered. 

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