Dozens of protesters attempt to storm Israeli embassy in Amman

AFP , Tuesday 17 Oct 2023

Dozens of protesters attempted to storm the Israeli embassy compound in Amman, Jordan on Tuesday, after a strike on a hospital in the Gaza Strip killed at least 200 people, an AFP journalist said.

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Protesters attempt to storm the Israeli Embassy in Amman. Photo courtesy X (formerly Twitter)


Palestinian forces in Ramallah fired tear gas at demonstrators who had gathered, calling for Abbas to step down, apparently over his conciliatory tone since the Israeli war on Gaza began earlier this month.

The clashes came after an Israeli air strike on a Gaza hospital compound Tuesday killed at least 600 people. The Baptist hospital in Gaza City housed displaced people seeking shelter from round-the-clock Israeli air strikes in the coastal enclave.

"The people want the fall of the president," demonstrators chanted in Ramallah.

Hussein al-Sheikh, a senior Palestinian official, said Abbas was returning immediately "to the homeland".

Abbas "calls for an emergency meeting of the leadership tonight," Sheikh wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

The Palestinian Authority, led by Abbas, is based in Ramallah and is split from the militant group Hamas.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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