A vocal demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in Washington takes place to protest Israeli strikes on Palestinians. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A vocal crowd demonstrated outside the Israeli embassy in Washington on Friday (July 11) to protest air strikes by Israel on Palestinians in Gaza. Demonstrators included Palestinians and non-Palestinians who were angry over Israeli air strikes this week that have left nearly 100 people dead, according to medical officials in Gaza, including 23 children. Hundreds more have been injured. Protesters demanded a "free Palestine" and and end to U.S. funding of the Israeli military. Some of those gathered were there to commemorate individual victims of the Israeli airstrikes, which Israel said were in response to cross-border rocket attacks by Islamist militants. One young Palestinian woman, speaking into the bullhorn, told the protesters she is commemorating a 6-year-old boy who died in the airstrikes on Thursday. Israel said on Friday it would not bow to international pressure to end air strikes in Gaza despite an offer by U.S. President Barack Obama to help negotiate a ceasefire with militants. Israel says it is determined to end the cross-border rocket attacks that intensified last month after its forces arrested hundreds of activists from the Islamist Hamas movement in the occupied West Bank following the abduction there of three Jewish teenagers who were later found killed. A Palestinian youth was killed in Jerusalem in a suspected Israeli revenge attack.