Demonstrations are due to take place against the occupation of Palestine.

At 1pm (today) Sunday 8 October at Manchester Piccadilly Gardens, a protest will aim to highlight the continued occupation of Palestine by Israeli Defence Forces.

The event is being supported by a number of pro-Palestine groups from across the region. On Monday (9 October), people are being encouraged to protest at the Israeli Embassy, London, (W8 4QB) from 6pm.

The protests ask people to 'take to the streets and support the Palestinian Resistance against Israel's endless mass murder, ethnic cleansing and brutal occupation.'

This weekend, Hamas sent fighters across the border and fired rockets in what it said was a new operation. Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country was “at war” as its military began striking targets in Gaza in response.

Bombing of Palestinian territories has already begun and the protests aim to highlight the decades long brutal occupation of Palestinian lands.

The protests will be a test for police forces who were encouraged by the Home Secretary Suella Braverman to “use the full force of the law” after videos emerged of people 'appearing to celebrate the attack on Israel'.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “We are aware of a number of incidents, including those that have been shared on social media, in relation to the ongoing conflict in Israel and the border with Gaza.

“The Met has increased policing patrols across parts of London in order to provide a visible presence and reassurance to our communities.

“We remain in contact with partners and community leaders to listen to any concerns.

“Anyone who experiences threatening behaviour or is worried about their safety is urged to contact police.

“We are aware that the ongoing conflict may lead to protests over the coming days. We will ensure that an appropriate policing plan is in place in order to balance the right to protest against any disruption to Londoners.”