Protesters calling for a cease-fire within the Israel-Hamas battle blocked northbound visitors on Interstate 5 in Seattle for a number of hours Saturday.
Additional demonstrators on a close-by overpass cheered in help of the blockade, which started round 1:15 p.m., the Seattle Times reported. The state transportation division stated on the social media platform X that visitors at one level was backed up greater than 6 miles (9.7 kilometers), and the company requested drivers to make use of alternate routes.
Demonstrators chanted “Free, free Palestine” and “Hey hey, ho ho, the occupation has got to go.”
Seattle police posted on social media at 3:40 p.m. that officers gave a dispersal order, although protesters disputed receiving any such orders. Stormy climate, together with hail, moved by means of the realm, and protesters left the freeway round 4:45 p.m., based on the Times.
Trooper Rick Johnson with the Washington State Patrol stated by way of X that whereas folks had deserted the freeway, 12 autos have been left behind. He stated the roadway would reopen once they have been towed.
Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel killed round 1,200 folks, and a few 250 others have been taken hostage. It was the worst such assault in Israel’s historical past.
Since then the Health Ministry in Hamas-run Gaza stated Saturday a complete of twenty-two,722 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s subsequent assault. The rely doesn’t differentiate between combatants and civilians.
Israel has held Hamas liable for civilian casualties, saying the group embeds itself inside Gaza’s civilian infrastructure. Still, worldwide criticism of Israel’s conduct has grown due to the rising civilian dying toll.