Pro-Palestinian demonstrators across the globe took to the streets on Saturday to call for a ceasefire after Israel expanded its ground operation in Gaza.

Major world cities, including London, Istanbul, New York, Baghdad and Rome, saw their centers filled with protestors, as Gaza experienced an intense bombardment and an electrical and communications blackout.

Israel has announced the next stage of its war against Hamas is underway, after the militant group killed 1,400 people and took hostages in a surprise attack on October 7.

In London, organizers said hundreds of thousands of demonstrators showed up on Saturday, although Reuters said police estimated the number was between 50,000 and 70,000 people. A march last week saw 100,000 take to the streets.

In videos online, marchers who had taken over central London were heard chanting: “What do we want? Ceasefire. When do we want it? Now.”

One woman told Reuters: “I want a ceasefire. I want peace for people of Gaza. Over the last few days, couple of weeks, I’ve just watched so many babies and children dying.”

“I feel so helpless right now,” she added. “All I felt I could do was come here to demonstrate, to be with people who are in a similar place. Just trying to raise my voice and just try and send a message out to people to bring peace.
You know, my heart is actually breaking right now. I just feel such a loss.”

Police temporarily shut down all lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan on Saturday after a large group of demonstrators rallying in support of Palestinians started heading in that direction.

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