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Tensions flare at Calgary protest over conflict in Gaza Strip

CALGARY- A protest in downtown Calgary about the conflict in the Gaza Strip turned violent on Friday.

Around 6 p.m., hundreds of people gathered in front of City Hall in support of Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza. However, a handful of Israeli supporters showed up, and a confrontation broke out.

WATCH: Protesters chant “Free! Free! Palestine!”

Some men began pushing and shoving, and one man even stomped on an Israeli flag.

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That prompted police to get involved, and a line of police officers set up across Macleod Trail to try and ease tensions.

As a result, all four lanes of Macleod Trail near Olympic Plaza were shut down.

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A protest in downtown Calgary over the conflict in the Gaza Strip. Gary Bobrovitz/Global News
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A protest in downtown Calgary over the conflict in the Gaza Strip. Gary Bobrovitz/Global News
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A protest in downtown Calgary over the conflict in the Gaza Strip. Gary Bobrovitz/Global News
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A protest in downtown Calgary over the conflict in the Gaza Strip. Gary Bobrovitz/Global News

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