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Rochester residents protest Israeli invasion of Gaza

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- As the Israeli military invades the Gaza Strip, local protestors gathered in downtown Rochester. They say they want to raise awareness about the violence in the region and are calling for peace.


Dozens gathered along North Broadway in Rochester calling for peace in the Gaza Strip. Many of the protesters are part of the Muslim community in Rochester, but they say the issue is not about religion. They say they are trying to raise awareness of the violence in the region and give a voice to the people who live there. They also say most of the Palestinian casualties are civilians, including women and children, and they say that is unacceptable.

"I think this is a very important issue, not on the basis of religion, but on the basis of a humanitarian problem," said Ahmad Nassr, one of the protesters. "These are people that essentially live in the largest open air prison in the entire world."

Protesters said the goal of the demonstration was to get local people to better understand the conflict and raise the level of interest and action in Rochester.

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