21:07 GMT13 June 2021
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    The rally has been convened by the Arab, Islamic and Palestinian communities in the United States and is being held in response to the recent hostilities between Israel and Hamas, an Islamist group which controls the Gaza Strip.

    Sputnik is live from Washington DC, where a demonstration in support of Palestinians is taking place, just days after Israel and Hamas agreed to an Egypt-brokered ceasefire.

    Tensions on the Israeli-Gaza border came to a boiling point earlier this month, with both sides exchanging cross-border fire that resulted in the death of at least 12 Israelis and over 200 Palestinians.

    The escalation was preceded by bitter clashes in East Jerusalem triggered by an Israeli court decision to evict several Palestinian families from their homes.

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