Giant Palestinian flag unfurled over Brooklyn Bridge during protest

Hundreds of protesters flooded the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on Wednesday, carrying signs and chanting in support of Palestinians as violence continues to rage in Gaza.

As demonstrators marched across the bridge, they also dropped a huge Palestinian flag from the structure that read, “Boycott Divestment Sanctions.”

Although it is unknown exactly how many people participated in the event, photographs from the vent on social media clearly indicate that at least several hundred were present. During the last pro-Gazarally in New York City, somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 people took part.

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US tried and failed to save Foley, other IS hostages in Syria

Earlier this summer, American Special Forces attempted to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other hostages held by Islamic State militants in Syria, but the mission failed because the prisoners were not at the suspected location.

According to the Washington Post, the United States acted after six other Western hostages were previously let go by the extremist group and had been debriefed by intelligence officers. White House officials said the operation involved several dozen US commandos engaging militants in battle – one American was wounded – but that Foley and the others could not be saved.

“It was not ultimately successful because the hostages were not present at the location of the operation,” a senior administration official said, speaking anonymously to the Post. “We obviously wish this had been successful.”

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