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Israelis and Palestinians in Austin describe life around Gaza Strip

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A handful of Palestinians were protesting outside of the Capitol Wednesday. They said it's time for the violence between Gaza and Israel to stop.

Tensions between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza have been on the rise since three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered last month. Israel blamed Hamas for the killings.

"Three Israelis died. Two hours later they go and start bombing Gaza and started attacking with no facts in their hands that it is true that Palestinians killed them," said Hayat Shaban who moved to Austin from Gaza.

After Israeli soldiers allegedly killed a young boy from Gaza in revenge, Hamas responded by firing on Israel. Thousands of Israelis have spent the last two days hiding in bomb shelters.

"I think that people from [Austin] cannot understand what it means to be used to that type of fear," said Lital Yaacob who lived in Israel for 30 years.

Yaacob and her two children will be visiting her family in Israel this weekend.

"I grew up living in Israel, so I'm pretty much used to it. But I think for them it's going to be frightening to hear sirens go off, to know what it's like to look for a safe room or what they need to do in case something happens," said Yaacob.

Since Tuesday, militants fired more than 160 rockets at Israel and Israel fired back more than 560 times.

"They're living in fear. They've got Palestinian children living in fear with no electricity. It's miserable. Imagine yourself living there," said Shaban.

"Now they're bombing Gaza and they're killing innocent lives, innocent children," said Sanah Ahmad Abu Khudair who is also from Gaza.

Yacoob said unfortunately many people in both countries have gotten used to the constant conflicts there, but she says this time, it's not just those near the Gaza Strip that need to worry.

"I think that the entire country right now is completely under attack. I think that everyone in Israel is in some type of missile Range," said Yaacob.

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