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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators cause traffic disruption in downtown Tampa | Tampa


Pro-Palestinian Protesters in Tampa Call for Ceasefire in Gaza

Pro-Palestinian protesters in Tampa, Florida brought traffic to a standstill on Monday morning as they called for a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Approximately 50 activists gathered at the corner of Ashley Drive and Zack Street, blocking two vehicles and causing a 15-minute delay before police intervened.

The protesters were part of a global strike in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where the United Nations has warned of an impending famine. The demonstration also coincided with a recent escalation of violence, as Israeli defense forces intercepted drones and missiles launched by Iran in response to an airstrike that killed seven Iranian military officials.

Chanting slogans like “Israel, you can’t hide. You’re committing genocide,” and “Israel bombs, USA pays, how many kids did you kill today,” the protesters highlighted the U.S.’s significant military aid to Israel and the devastating impact of the conflict on Palestinian children. According to reports, over 33,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since October, with Hamas launching a deadly attack that claimed around 1,200 lives.

This is not the first time activists have taken to the streets in Tampa to demand a ceasefire. In December, hundreds gathered to advocate for “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions” as part of a worldwide movement. The ongoing protests reflect the growing concern and outrage over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the need for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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