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CLEVELAND -- Northeast Ohio families on both sides of the Middle Eastconflict are watching events in Gaza with great interest.

The Cleveland Jewish News is in contact through email with several former northeast Ohio residents that moved to Israel.

Palestinian rockets are reaching areas never before impacted by the border war. There are now targets as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Palestinians say this week-long conflict has claimed a high number of casualties, including many children.

Locally, they are raising money and awareness for the victims on both sides of this war.