Protesters in Rochester gather over Mideast violence

May 12, 2021

Dozens of protesters gather outside the Federal Building in Rochester on Wednesday afternoon.
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Hundreds of people protested outside the Federal Building on State Street in Rochester Wednesday afternoon in support of Palestinians injured during the recent increase in violence in the Middle East.

One of the protesters, Basem Ashkar, called on U.S. politicians to stop supporting Israel.

“Israel must stop killing Palestinian people and their children and stop destroying their houses. Enough is enough,” Ashkar said.

On Twitter, Congressman Joe Morelle condemned attacks by the Palestinian organization, Hamas.

Ribhiyeh Jaber (L) and her granddaughter,  Seja Jaber (R) outside the Federal Building on Rochester on Wednesday.
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Palestinian officials say at least 56 Palestinians have died in Gaza and more than 300 have been wounded.

In Israel, authorities say at least six people have been killed, and more than 1,000 rockets have been fired by militants in Gaza at Israel over the last couple of days.

(this story includes reporting by NPR)