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Although the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has gone on for numerous decades, the recent mass deaths in Gaza have been gaining temporary attention world-wide, including from Americans, like Selena Gomez.
She posted a picture on Instagram Friday reading "It's about humanity. Pray for Gaza."
The post has gained more than 530,000 likes since, but as with any conflict, the gesture received both praise and anger, with one comment blasting her "for supporting terror" and not understanding the issue between Israel and Palestine.
Over the span of 12 days, Israel has sent a slew of rockets and missiles at the blockaded Gaza area, claiming it to be an attempt to destroy underground tunnels used by Hamas to smuggle weapons into Gaza. They have since entered Gaza on the ground with tanks. According to The Guardian, the Palestinian death toll reached 247, as of Friday, with another 40,000 currently displaced by the conflict.
Gomez is not the first celebrity to post awareness of the conflict. But she is the first to not delete it. Rihanna tweeted "#FreePalestine" earlier this week, before deleting it eight minutes later, TMZ reported. Also, NBA star Dwight Howard tweeted the same hashtag, only to delete it and apologize, according to Daily News.
Photo via Instagram from Selena Gomez
As the conflict rolls on, the two sides are still seeking a truce that both may agree on.
Gomez also used her Instagram last week in an effort to combat bullying.
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