Dozens gather in downtown Indy to protest Israeli military action

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About 100 people have gathered in downtown Indianapolis to protest Indiana Sen. Dan Coats’ support for Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.

Dozens had gathered on Monument Circle by 2 p.m. Saturday. Organizer Tim King said 100 more were expected to march to Coats’ Indianapolis office.

The march comes as Israeli bulldozers demolished more than a dozen tunnels in the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian authorities reported intensified airstrikes and shelling as the death toll from Israel’s ground offensive rose to at least 342 Palestinians.

Eighteen-year-old Butler University student Maya Alshawt says she’s worried about her cousins in Palestine. She says they don’t know if they’ll be alive from one day to the next.

The Associated Press left a phone message seeking comment at Coats’ Indianapolis office. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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