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10,000 Israelis pour into downtown Tel Aviv to demand an end to rocket attacks

Published on Aug 15, 2014 2:09 AM
 

TEL AVIV (AFP) - Around 10,000 Israelis poured into downtown Tel Aviv late on Thursday, calling on the government and the army to end Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza once and for all.

It was the first major demonstration in Israel since the country went to war against Hamas on July 8, launching a punishing air campaign followed by a ground offensive designed to stop rocket attacks and destroy attack tunnels.

Organisers said the rally united people across Israel's often bitter divides of left and right-wing, as well as religious and secular Jewish communities.

Mr Alon Davidi, mayor of the southern town of Sderot, told the rally there must be a solution - be it political or military - to what he called 14 years of rocket attacks.

Israelis gather during a protest calling on the government and the army to end Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza once and for all, in the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv on August 14, 2014. Organisers said the rally united people across Israel's often bitter divides of left- and right-wing, as well as religious and secular Jewish communities. Hebrew writing on placard reads "strong together." -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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