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Wis. residents react to Gaza-Israel conflict

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WISCONSIN (WKOW) -- Conflict escalates between Israel and Gaza, and some people with ties to that region are closely watching the conflict unfold.

At least 66 Palestinians have died in rocket attacks on Gaza. On Sunday, rescuers pulled the bodies of women and children from a home leveled in an Israeli air strike. The attack also reportedly killed a top Hamas official. Israel has also reported losing soldiers and civilians to rockets coming from Gaza.

Some Wisconsin residents with friends and family in that region are watching closely. One Milwaukee-area woman explains how she could hear bombs falling while she spoke with her sister-in-law in Israel.

"She said 'code red Elana' and she ran to the hall and I heard her praying, and it's terrifying," says Elana Kahn-Oren, with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. "It also threatens her livelihood and her business."

Meanwhile, at a Palestinian restaurant in Greenfield, people there are keeping a close eye on the conflict too.

"That's all we've been talking about for the last week now," says Ali Elhashash, with the Palestinian Holy Land Bakery, Grocery & Restaurant. "We have customers here who do have immediate family in the Gaza strip."

Although their plans for peace may differ, thousands of miles away from the conflict, the two sides share a common hope for peace.

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