Pro-Palestinian protesters clash with French police in Paris

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Police in Paris on Saturday fired tear gas and aimed water cannons at protesters defying a ban on marching against Israeli attacks on Gaza, trying to disperse demonstrators gathering in groups of several hundred, Reuters reported.

Hundreds of people also took part in authorised protests in other French cities, including Lyon and Marseille, which took place peacefully. These echoed marches elsewhere around the world, from Sydney to Madrid, amid days of conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza.

In Paris, the gathering was banned by police and at the request of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, with authorities citing fears the protest could turn violent. Some protesters turned out anyway, waving Palestinian flags and attempting to join up with disparate groups of demonstrators.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in support of Palestinians on Saturday in other major European cities like Paris, including London, Berlin and Madrid.

Across North America, in turn, gatherings to show solidarity with Palestinians took place in cities including Boston, Washington, Montreal and Dearborn, Michigan, AFP reported.

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