Thousands of Israelis rally in support of Gaza offensive
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 01:33
Thousands of Israelis gather in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to rally in support of residents of southern Israel, a region frequently targeted by militants firing rockets from Gaza. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Thousands of Israelis gather in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square Thursday to support residents of southern Israel.
The region is a frequent target of rockets launched by militants in Gaza.
Many wave signs and banners in support of Israel's month long offensive.
But with a new five-day ceasefire in effect, some are calling for the Israeli government to do more to stop rocket attacks.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DROR SHAMIR, RESIDENT OF GIVATAYIM, ISRAEL SAYING:
"We came, actually, to say that we have people who are around 12 years (old), 14 years (old) or under, everyday these rockets. And they have 15 seconds, 15 unbelievable seconds to find a shelter. And these children here, they are afraid."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) OREN ALONY, RESIDENT OF HEDERA, ISRAEL, SAYING:
"We have had enough. We are coming together today to tell to our Prime Minister, 'If you have to fight, fight. Don't talk. You have nothing to talk about. There are terrorists organizations. We have nothing to talk with them."
More than a month of intense conflict between Israel and Hamas Islamist militants has left nearly 2,000 Palestinians dead, many of them civilians.
64 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli citizens have also been killed.
The temporary truce comes after both sides agreed to give Egyptian-brokered peace negotiations in Cairo more time to try to end the conflict in Gaza.
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