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Palestinian Americans rally on Fountain Square
CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- As the fighting continues in neighborhoods surrounding Gaza City, hundreds of Palestinian-Americans are trying to stay in contact with the family and friends in the middle of Israeli military airstrikes.
Hundreds gathered on Fountain Square Sunday to stand up against what's going on in Gaza.
At least 300 people stood proud of their heritage, but they also want something done about what they're calling an injustice, refering to what's been going on in Gaza for the last two weeks. Sunday's demonstration was very similar to a rally held in Columbus Saturday.
In Arabic and English, nearly everyone in attendance stood with signs, flags or a megaphone at the corner of 5th and Vine streets on Fountain Square. Some are natives of Palestine, others with families in the middle of the war and some are just concerned American citizens.
Cars circled Fountain Square with flags flying from the windows.
Communication with friends and family in Gaza has been intermittent. Many families struggle to keep electricity turned on because of all of the bombings.
For Karen Dabdoub, she last made contact with her sister-in-law Saturday.
"[They're] physically OK. Mentally, emotionally, no. When bombs are dropping all around you and people are being killed all around you, how can you be OK? It's a very difficult time for them," she says.
The crowd also included a greater group of Muslims from Syria and Iraq who are concerned, not only over what's going on, but hoping their people are safe.
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