Middle East: 15 thought-provoking pictures showing Preston coming together over Gaza war

Around 100 people attended a service of reflection and peace at Preston’s Guild Hall, which was arranged to bring the city’s different communities together to pause and ponder on the conflict that continues to rage in Gaza.

Faith leaders guided the congregation through the event on Tuesday, as residents of all religions and none were asked to call to mind suffering half a world away from Preston, in which more than 1,300 Israeli citizens were slaughtered by Hamas on 7th October and more than 5,700 Palestinians have since died in Gaza during Israel’s military response.

Lancashire Post photographer Neil Cross was at the gathering.