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One man injured during clash at pro-Israel rally in Westwood

November 18, 2012 |  7:16 pm

One man was injured Sunday afternoon during a clash between supporters of Israel and Palestine who were rallying outside the Westwood federal building on Wilshire Boulevard, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol responded to the incident, but no arrests were made, LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said. He said the injured man was taken to a hospital after suffering what appeared to be a broken arm.

“Our guys called in additional resources with a tactical alert,” Smith said. “Once we did that, things started to calm down.”

The incident came amid renewed fighting in the Gaza Strip, where Israel has initiated a military campaign in response to rocket attacks from Hamas.

Smith said pro-Israel groups had obtained a permit to rally at the federal building on Sunday afternoon. An estimated 1,500 people attended, he said.

After the event began, a smaller group of Palestinian supporters began demonstrating on the opposite side of Wilshire.

Smith said it was unclear how the clash began. 

He said officers were able to quell the conflict without using force. But authorities closed Wilshire for 30 minutes as a precaution, snarling traffic near the 405.

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