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Multiple people have been arrested at rallies in support of Israel and Palestine in downtown Calgary on Sunday afternoon, police say.

According to a social media post by the Calgary Police Service, around 330 people attended the rallies. Those supporting Israel rallied in front of Olympic Plaza, while those supporting Palestine rallied in front of City Hall.

Earlier in the afternoon, police said there were “incidents of violence” and officers were trying to de-escalate the conflict. Police did not provide details about the arrests or the incidents.

Global News reached out to the Calgary Police Service with a request for more information.

UPDATE

Multiple arrests have been made in relation to the protest underway. We remind anyone participating in the protests to know the law when protesting in #YYC, and to not jeopardize public peace, endanger anyone, or participate in illegal events. pic.twitter.com/8qwEm44DsA

— Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) October 22, 2023

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The protests come as the conflict between Hamas and Israel reaches its fourth week.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “crush and destroy” Hamas after the militant group’s Oct. 7 attack killed 1,400 people, a figure provided by the Israeli government.

Israeli retaliation has so far killed more than 4,300 people in Gaza, according to the Hamas-controlled Gaza health ministry.

— With files from Eric Stober, Global News.

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