Vigils are being organised in London this weekend to protest the Israeli military strikes in Gaza today, which have killed around 200 people and injured scores more.
The demonstrations will take place on Sunday 28 December from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm and on Monday 29 December from 4.00pm – 6.00pm, both opposite the Israeli Embassy in Kensington High Street.
The protests are being organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Palestine Return Centre (PRC), Palestinian Forum of Britain (PFB) and other civic groups.
A spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said: "The only way to achieve lasting peace in Gaza is through peaceful means. Whilst we understand the Israeli government's obligation to protect its population we urge maximum restraint to avoid further civilian casualties.
He added: "We also call on militants in the Gaza Strip to immediately cease all rocket attacks on Israel."
Vatican representative Fr Federico Lombardi declared: "Hamas is a prisoner to a logic of hate, Israel to a logic of faith in force as the best response to hate. We must continue to search for a different way out, even if that may seem impossible at the moment."