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Locals gather for another rally against killings in Gaza

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Locals gather for another rally against killings in Gaza

By Jacqui Heinrich. CREATED Jul 26, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The fighting in Gaza is being felt close to home. Las Vegans hosted the third peace rally in as many weeks, this one by far the largest with nearly 500 people in attendance.

People of all faiths took to the streets Saturday to pray for the dead as bodies continue to be pulled from the rubble a world away.

"We asked God for their forgiveness and also forgiveness for all the Muslims around the world," said Hanafi Shakur, a protester.

Halfway into a 24-hour ceasefire, Hamas militants resumed rocket fire against Israel after Israeli forces said they'd continue to demolish Hamas tunnels during the ceasefire period. Hamas militants rejected the offer, saying Israel should withdraw their forces.

The lull in fighting allowed Palestinians back into the streets to get food, water and take in the vastness of the damage. To date, 1,042 Palestinians are dead and more than 6,000 are wounded. On the Israeli side 42 soldiers have been killed along with 2 civilians.

"Hopefully we will not pass another week with all the carnage and these massacres taking place," said Ali Diab. Diab has been praying for peace through the past 19 days of fighting. He has family in both the West Bank and Gaza. "My family on the Gaza side, their home is gone," he said.

Luckily, Diab has no deaths in his family, but what was once his neighborhood is demolished and those he grew up next to dead. He finds solace in being able to reach his family every couple of days when conditions allow it.

"Electricity is down. Phones, you're lucky if you're able to speak to them for a couple of minutes before a disconnection again," Diab told Action News.

The war fatigue is being felt in Las Vegas, and not just by Palestinians. "I wanted to be here to show my support. I'm a Jew and I wanted people to know that now all Jews are Zionists or oppressors and in fact there's a big peace movement in Israel of Jews along with Palestinians," said Linda Turner, another protester.

Candlelight vigils were also being held Saturday in Tel Aviv by people protesting the Israeli military's actions.

Secretary of State John Kerry has been in Paris trying to organize cease fire agreements.

Jacqui Heinrich

Jacqui Heinrich

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Jacqui Heinrich is currently a general assignment reporter for Action News.