London police announced on Sunday, October 8, that they had increased patrols in specific areas of the city in response to the attacks launched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas against Israel.

London police said Sunday that they had boosted patrols across parts of the city following the attacks on Israel by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

“We are aware of a number of incidents… in relation to the ongoing conflict in Israel and the border with Gaza,” the Metropolitan Police said on social media.

Britain’s interior minister Suella Braverman said there should be “zero tolerance for anti-Semitism or glorification of terrorism on the streets of Britain”.

“I expect the police to use the full force of the law against displays of support for Hamas, other proscribed terrorist groups or attempts to intimidate British Jews,” Braverman wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

There was visible security around one synagogue in northwest London, a journalist saw.

The flare-up of violence began with a massive rocket barrage and ground, air and sea offensive on Saturday that Israel’s army said had killed more than 200 Israelis and wounded 1,000, with soldiers and civilians taken hostage.

Police in Germany and France also said they had reinforced security around synagogues and Jewish schools and monuments, with some supporters of the Palestinians taking to the streets of Berlin to celebrate the attack.

“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,” the Met said.

Israel withdrew its embassy staff from the Jordanian capital, Amman, on the same day, according to Jordanian media Roya News. This decision was taken for fear of demonstrations outside the embassy, according to the newspaper.

On the same day, Jordanians held a large solidarity demonstration near the Israeli embassy, in support of the “Flood of Al-Aqsa” operation, launched by Hamas on Saturday morning, during which it stormed Israeli towns around the Gaza Strip.

Khalil Wakim, with AFP