Protests escalate after Hezbollah called for day of ‘unprecedented anger’

French embassy in Lebanon

The powerful armed Lebanon-based group, Hezbollah, has called for a day of “unprecedented anger” in protest against Israel and Joe Biden’s visit.

Late last night the group accused Israel of attacking the al Ahli Hospital, where Gaza’s health ministry said at least 500 people have died in an explosion.

Israel has denied responsibility, accusing the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group of misfiring a rocket launch, while the Islamic Jihad has denied any involvement.

Protests erupted overnight in the West Bank, Jordan, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and outside the US embassy in Lebanon where tear gas was fired.

“The attack reveals the true criminal face of this entity [Israel] and its sponsor… the United States, which bears direct and complete responsibility for this massacre,” said Hezbollah.

Protesters in Iran

Russia calls on Israel to prove it was not behind hospital blast

Russia has said Israel must provide satellite images to prove that it was not involved in the explosion at al Ahli Hospital.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Radio Sputnik the blast was a “dehumanising crime”. 

Israel and Russia explained: Until now, the Kremlin has underlined the strength of its relations with both Palestinians and Israel.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow had long-standing historical ties with the Palestinians but also “a lot in common” with Israel, including the fact that many Israelis are former Russian citizens.

He said Russia sought to play a role in resolving the conflict and warned against it spilling over into other regions.

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