Sanders, Warren speak out against Israel-Gaza violence

Sanders, Warren speak out against Israel-Gaza violence
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2020 presidential candidates Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'It's not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Six big off-year elections you might be missing Republican spin on Biden is off the mark MORE (D-Mass.) on Thursday condemned recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians following the announcement of a cease-fire earlier in the day.

The two candidates took to Twitter to condemn acts of violence from Palestinian militant groups accused of firing rockets at Israel, while also calling for an end to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

"Israelis should not have to live in fear of rocket fire. Palestinians should not have to live under occupation and blockade," Sanders tweeted.

"I welcome the Gaza ceasefire. Dozens were killed in Gaza, and hundreds of rockets fired at Israel," Warren wrote in her own tweet.

Gaza has been under Israeli blockade since 2007, when Hamas militants threw out politicians from the rival Fatah party following the latter's defeat in parliamentary elections.

Recent days have seen an outburst of violence in the region, with Israeli airstrikes killing at least 34 Palestinians including nine civilians, the BBC reported.

A cease-fire brokered by Egypt was announced early Thursday, with Hamas officials claiming to have received concessions from Israeli officials including the beginning of the end to the Gaza blockade, while Israeli officials reportedly denied that any concessions had been made.