SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As deaths continue to escalate with the Israel and Gaza conflict, so do the emotions of those living here in Springfield.
As of Tuesday, more than 600 Palestinians and nearly 30 Israelis have been killed since the latest round of fighting began, and both sides vow to keep fighting.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo to push for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. He met Egypt’s President and the U.N. Secretary General in Cairo Tuesday.
Egypt has proposed a cease-fire plan that is backed by the U.S. and Israel, but it’s been rejected by Hamas. Kerry says a peace agreement must be reached.
At the same time, locals in Springfield also believe that this fighting needs to end. Vicente Tirido told 22News, “They’re supposed to live free as their own country, but it’s not right that Israel or the Palestinians want that land. Because they don’t belong to them, they belong to Gaza.”
There have been demonstrations held across the West Bank almost daily since the latest conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza began 15 days ago.
The United States is sending 47-million dollars in humanitarian aid for tens of thousands of Palestinians who fled their homes in Gaza to escape the fighting.