Riverdale residents voice support for Israel

RIVERDALE - Supporters of Israel gathered in Riverdale to defend its right to self-defense.

The group, joined by elected officials, also backed plans for further funding to Israel to defend against attacks from Hamas.

"Terrorism cannot exist anywhere," says Beverly Fettman.

Israel waged a 22-day war meant to end rocket fire on southern Israel from Hamas-ruled Gaza. Cease-fires declared by both sides last week ended an offensive that killed some 1,300 Palestinians and wounded thousands, according to Gaza health officials, and inflicted widespread destruction in Gaza. Thirteen Israelis were also killed, according to the government.

On Sunday, Hamas officials in Cairo proposed ayear-long truce with Israel and an opening of the crossings intothe Gaza Strip.

AP wire services were used in this report.

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