Israel has begun moving troops toward the Gaza strip and authorized the call-up of reservists for a possible ground invasion of the Palestinian territory. This follows increasing violence between Israel and Palestinian militants.
More than 200 rockets were lobbed into Israel from the Gaza strip on Thursday, killing three people. This week, an Israeli attack killed Hamas' military commander.
Israel military officials have made no decision whether to enter Gaza, but at least a dozen trucks carrying tanks and buses carrying soldiers were seen moving toward the border on Thursday.
In response to the violence, some UT students organized what they called an "emergency demonstration" to express solidarity with the people of Palestine.
They silently demonstrated at the intersection of 16th and Cumberland Thursday evening. The group is demanding an end to Israeli violence and an end to U.S. support for Israel.
One student says she's worried about the civilians and members of her own family who are in the middle of the violence.
"I really haven't been able to think about anything else for the past 24 hours when I found out yesterday. We have been able to contact them, but it's just constant worrying about what will happen next," said UT freshman Amira Sakalla.