Tens of thousands rally for Gaza in London

By the Associated Press | August 9, 2014 | 1:05 PM EDT

Protesters against military action in Gaza gather by the BBC building in central London, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Israeli airstrikes struck more than 20 targets Saturday in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior Hamas member, as militant rocket fire continued following the collapse of a three-day truce aimed at ending the war between Israel and Hamas. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have turned out in central London to protest the bombing of Gaza.

Large crowds of protesters marched through the British capital's busy West End shopping area on Saturday, passing the U.S. Embassy before descending on Hyde Park for a rally.

Many waved placards and the Palestinian flag, chanting "Free, Free Palestine!"

Saturday's rally came as Britain's Disasters Emergency Committee said its appeal for donations to help people affected by the conflict in Gaza has raised more than 4.5 million pounds ($7.5 million) in under 24 hours.

Israeli airstrikes and militant rocket fire continued Saturday after a three-day cease-fire ended Friday.