Thousands of people rallied in New York and Washington on Friday, United States, chanting "Stop bombing Gaza" and "Ceasefire now."
New York City witnessed a significant demonstration as thousands took to the streets, demanding an immediate halt to Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip. The rally, orchestrated through social media, amassed activists in front of the National Library in Manhattan. Marching from 5th Avenue to the National Post Office on 8th Avenue.
The impassioned group demanded ceasefire for Gaza and urged the United States to discontinue its aid to Israel. Among the diverse crowd were numerous pro-peace US citizens of Israeli heritage, standing in solidarity with the cause.
Police intervention was required at certain points to manage rallies.
Addressing their cause on the social media platform X, the organizing group appealed for broader support to combat what they termed "the ongoing colonization of Palestine and genocide in Gaza."
The rally, characterized by its impassioned calls for peace and policy change, showcased the fervent voices of those seeking an end to the violence and a shift in diplomatic strategies concerning the Israel-Gaza conflict.
Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of Oct. 7.
While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israel killed 11,500 people, including 4,506 children, 3,027 women, and 397 elderly people. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.
It was reported that 1,400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.
The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2.5 million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.
In the occupied West Bank, 106 Palestinians were killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers. In Israel’s attacks on Gaza, 48 journalists were killed.
In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 8, 55 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon.
Most recently, Israel attacked the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.
Source: Anadolu Agency