Local people with ties to Middle East share concerns, hopes over Gaza conflict

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The conflict in Gaza is an emotional issue around the world and in Kansas City.

Some Kansas City area residents with ties to the Middle East are worried about their family's safety.

Rashid Khalif is a Palestinian man who was born in Jerusalem and has a twin sister in Gaza.  He said he's worried about the region, but holds onto his optimism.

"We always live with hope," Khalif said. "Nobody wants to lose their kids. Nobody wants to look bad, especially the leaders. So people just want to make sure everything is calm."

Liron Bendor was born in Israel and moved to the U.S. in 1990.  She made plans months ago to visit her grandparents for Thanksgiving in Israel.

She said she still plans to go.

"I'm not deterred right now in terms of not going," Bendor said. "I want to go. I want to be there. I want to support my country. I want to support my family."

Twenty-four people have been killed and hundreds more wounded since fighting broke out on Wednesday.

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