Free Palestine protest in Tempe

TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - As conflict rages in the Middle East, the Palestinian American Community Center in Arizona is rallying support for the people of Palestine.

Several hundred people showed up on Mill Avenue in Tempe Sunday evening to show their support for the cause, holding signs saying "Free Palestine" and "End the ethnic cleansing of Palestine." The crowd then marched down Mill Avenue before dispersing.

"We are here because Israel is occupying Palestine, and is refusing to give Palestinian people their legal, natural and political rights," said demonstrator Michel Shehazeh.

A similar demonstration Saturday drew dozens of protesters to the Arizona Capitol.

Hours earlier, Israeli warplanes unleashed a series of heavy airstrikes at several locations of Gaza City, just after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled the fourth war with Gaza's Hamas rulers would rage on.

Israel-Palestinian conflict marks its deadliest day as scenes of horror unfold in Gaza

Explosions rocked the city from north to south for 10 minutes in an attack that was heavier, on a wider area and lasted longer than a series of air raids 24 hours earlier in which 42 Palestinians were killed — the deadliest single attack in the latest round of violence between Israel and the Hamas militant group that rules Gaza. The earlier Israeli airstrikes flattened three buildings.

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