Daren Sammy Urges Prayers For Palestine Amid Israel-Gaza Violence

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Former West Indian captain Daren Sammy this week urged prayers for Palestine as the Israel-Gaza violence raged.

The battle involves Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza strip.

“I just can’t understand why it is so difficult to treat others as you would want to be treated, or even better yet treat each other as human beings,” Daren Sammy tweeted on Wednesday.

The hashtag #PrayForPalestine accompanied the post.

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The tweet attracted over 40,000 likes by Friday, as well as some 10,000 retweets.

The BBC reported that the fighting between Israel and Hamas was triggered by days of escalating clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police.

The clashes occurred at a holy hilltop compound in East Jerusalem.

The site is revered by both Muslims and Jews.

The Muslims call it the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary).

But Jews know it as the Temple Mount.

Hamas demanded Israel remove police from there and the nearby predominantly Arab district of Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families face eviction by Jewish settlers.

According to the BBC, Hamas launched rockets when its ultimatum went unheeded.

And CNN reported that the Israeli military directed  heavy artillery fire  and dozens of airstrikes into Gaza, which continued Thursday night and into Friday.

A Reuters dispatch quoting Palestinian medical officials said at least 103 people have been killed in Gaza, including 27 children, over the past four days.

Israeli authorities on the other hand reported that seven people have been killed in Israel: a soldier patrolling the Gaza border, five Israeli civilians, including two children, and an Indian worker.

The United Nations has appealed for an end to the fighting.


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