by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - While the conflict is physically far away, it's impacting families in Mecklenburg County.
Gaza supporters rallied Sunday in Uptown Charlotte.
The supporters said they want to see a peaceful end to the conflict. They spread that message at Marshall Park and all over uptown as they marched to Tryon and Trade streets.
Protestors were waving the Palestinian flag and holding signs supporting the people in Gaza.
Supporters of Israel said the country had no choice but to respond after Hamas shot rockets at Tel Aviv.
People at the protest said Israel responded with too much force which led to disturbing civilian casualties in Gaza.
"We want to make sure everyone is aware of what's going on. We can all get wrapped into our own little world sometimes and get stuck there. And we just want to make sure everyone knows that other places in the world it's not so peachy,” said Eman Al-Taher.
A woman at the protest said her father is on Gaza, so for some Charlotte families, the conflict hits close to home.