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Israeli Incursion in Gaza Sparks Local Protests

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Protesters sparked a heated war of words Sunday and police were called in to calm the crowd of pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli activists.

About 100 people gathered Sunday at Balboa Park to demonstrate for and against the Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip.

The two sides were split relatively evenly during the protests that started around 1 p.m. at the fountain near the Natural History Museum, and the crowd has been peaceful, said San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick.

Paramedics responded for a woman who complained of choking, but she declined treatment, Battrick said.

Pro-Palestinian protestors were planning to march along El Prado to Sixth Avenue, police said.

Israel launched a ground offensive into Gaza on Saturday, prompted by a long series of rocket attacks by the Hamas terrorist organization.

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