Popstar Rihanna apparently tweeted, then deleted, "#FreePalestine" Tuesday morning in the midst of Israel's latest confrontation with Hamas.
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The tweet was live for eight minutes before it was removed, though not before it garnered more than 6,800 retweets.
A "source close to" Rihanna told TMZ that the singer "deleted it because it was never meant to be tweeted," and "she didn't even realize it was a tweet until she started hearing from her fans."
The TMZ source said Rihanna is neither pro-Palestinian or Pro-Israel, only "pro-peace" and that "she doesn't want innocent people dying."
Singer Rihanna at the final World Cup match between Germany and Argentina, July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
NBA star Dwight Howard tweeted the same message over the weekend, before deleting it as well and calling it a "mistake."
previous tweet was a mistake. I have never commented on international politics and never will.— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) July 12, 2014
I apologize if I offended anyone with my previous tweet, it was a mistake!— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) July 12, 2014
Hamas rejected a cease-fire agreement on Tuesday, sending more rockets from Gaza into Israel. Israel vowed Hamas would "pay the price" for its actions.