With tensions growing in the clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, local Vancouverites have taken it upon themselves to spread the message of peace.
Gaza supporters crowded the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery with one main goal, to rally for human rights of the Palestinian people.
Besan Alkhalidi says her family is trapped in Gaza.
“I feel like my hands are tied and I can’t do anything about it. Only thing we can do is just sit and watch what happens and there’s absolutely nothing we can do from down here.”
She explains why she’s chosen to partake in a rally in Vancouver while violence continues to erupt in her home country.
“I have my voice and I should use it to the maximum to make people aware of what’s going on and help stop what’s going on.”
Alkhalidi says she’s saddened knowing she may never be able to go to Gaza to visit her family.
It looks like Israel’s ground operation inside the Gaza strip is getting more intense.
Meanwhile, Palestinians say Israel has also stepped up its airstrikes and shelling in Gaza, where the 12-day offensive has left at least 342 Palestinians dead.
There have been only two deaths in Israel from the Hamas rocket attacks.