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  • 28 July 2014, 15:19

1D's Zayn Gets Death Threats After Gaza Tweet

One Direction singer Zayn Malik has received death threats on Twitter after tweeting #FreePalestine to his millions of followers.

The 21-year-old's post has been retweeted and favouritedmore than 140,000 times but has caused anger among many of the site's users.

Malik immediately started receiving abuse from pro-Israel tweeters who have called him "ignorant" for wading into the debate over the current conflict in Gaza.

Another user wrote: "It broke me that one of my idols wants me to die."

Other people called for the singer to kill himself or let them kill him.

And @seanra11 wrote: "Another person who think he knows something about the war but he actually doesn't."

International pressure is mounting to end the three-week conflict, in which more than 1,000 people have been killed.

Malik, who has 13 million followers on Twitter, is not the first high-profile person to receive criticism for supporting Palestinians.

Rihanna deleted a tweet which contained the same #FreePalestine hashtag, claiming she it went out on her feed by accident.

A source told TMZ the Bajan pop star was reading about the Middle East conflict online when she clicked on a link which automatically posted the pro-Palestine message.

She followed up with a less polarising tweet later which said: "Let's pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?..."