Activists protesting against the fighting in the Gaza Strip entered the US Congress building, and several protesters were detained. This was reported on the Capitol Police page on X (formerly Twitter).
“A group of protesters are demonstrating inside the rotunda. Demonstrations inside congressional buildings are prohibited,” the message emphasizes.
Police later announced the arrest of three activists. They are accused of attacking police during an arrest. About 2.5 hours after the first report of protesters breaking into the Capitol, police said the rotunda was “clear.” Department officials continue to “process the arrests,” it added.
In addition, activists several times interrupted hearings in the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate, which were devoted to considering the candidacy of former American Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew for the post of ambassador to Israel. The meeting was broadcast on C-SPAN. Protesters stormed the hall with placards and demanded a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
Committee Chairman Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), who spoke at the time, stressed that disrupting the hearings was unacceptable. “We ask those who hold strong views to express them, but not to disrupt the hearing, I will not tolerate that,” he said.
On October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas attacked Israel. In response, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Iron Swords. The Israeli government announced that the country had entered a state of war. According to the latest data, over 4,500 people have died as a result of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, most of them Palestinians.