Denver council to vote on Israel-Hamas cease-fire proclamation

DENVER (KDVR) — Denver City Council on Monday was debating a proclamation calling for a cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas.

The symbolic proclamation specifically called on Congress to demand a bilateral cease-fire and called on both sides to release any hostages or arbitrarily detained people.

Dozens gathered at the Denver City and County Building to either support or oppose the proclamation. Many people participated in public comment, and the crowd, at times, became rowdy during the debate by council members.

At one point, a recess had to be called so that the room could be cleared because of the frequent interruptions from the crowd.

Several other cities nationwide have called for a cease-fire, including Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco and Seattle.

The vote comes one day after Israel raided the city of Rafah to rescue two hostages. According to the Associated Press, airstrikes carried out to cover the raid killed more than 60 Palestinians, including women and children.

The war began when Hamas attacked Israel in October 2023, killing about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taking about 250 hostages, according to Israeli authorities.

Since then, the Israel offensive has killed more than 28,000 Palestinians in the territory and has displaced more than 80% of the population, according to AP.

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