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The rally was organized by the Arab, Islamic and Palestinian communities in the United States in response to recent clashes between Israel and Hamas, an Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip.
Sputnik is live from Washington, D.C., where demonstrations in support of the Palestinians are taking place, just days after Israel and Hamas agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.
Tensions on the Israeli-Gaza border reached a tipping point earlier this month, with both sides exchanging border fire that killed at least 12 Israelis and more than 200 Palestinians.
Earlier, bitter clashes erupted in East Jerusalem, which began with an Israeli court ruling to evict several Palestinian families from their homes.
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