- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A candlelight vigil seeking peace in the Gaza Strip is planned in Charleston.

Organizers say the vigil Thursday night seeks an immediate ceasefire in the violence, which has left dead hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis.

The vigil on the steps of the Capitol is being organized by people sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.

Wednesday, Israeli troops battled Hamas militants near a southern Gaza Strip town.

The fighting has led several international airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv.

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