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Paris protesters stone synagogue

Clashes erupt in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protest against Israel and in support of residents of the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 166 Palestinians dead.

Several thousand demonstrators walk calmly through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that reads “Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People.”

A huge crowd of protesters attacks a synagogue in Paris, throwing stones and trapping a couple hundred Jews inside, a local Jewish resident says. Police protect the synagogue.

Protesters hold placards calling for the boycott of Israel and one depicting French president Francois Hollande with the word "assassin", on July 13, 2014 in Paris, during a demonstration against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 166 Palestinians dead.  (photo credit: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)
Protesters hold placards calling for the boycott of Israel and one depicting French President Francois Hollande with the word ‘Assassin,’ on July 13, 2014, in Paris, at a demonstration in support of residents of the Gaza Strip. (photo credit: AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

Clashes erupt at the end of the march on Bastille Square, with people throwing projectiles onto a cordon of police who responded with tear gas. The unrest continues early Sunday evening.

In the northern city of Lille, meanwhile, between 2,300 and 6,000 people protest peacefully, according to differing figures provided by the police and organizers.

— AFP

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