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Gaza protest fills square outside White House

Saturday - 8/2/2014, 5:54pm  ET

Demonstrators rally to end violence in Gaza near the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Demonstrators waving Palestinian flags and dressed in the flag's green, red, white and black colors filled a square outside the White House and marched around the nation's capital to support ending violence in Gaza.

Demonstrators on Saturday carried signs including: "We stand with Gaza," ''Free Palestine Let Gaza Live!" and "Stop the Massacre of Gaza." The group's chants could be heard from the north lawn of the White House, but President Barack Obama was not at home.

Among the demonstrators was Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian- American teenager from Florida who was arrested, and he says beaten, by Israeli security forces.

An approximately 20-person group of Israel supporters also turned out, and the two groups exchanged shouts.


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