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Hundreds of people supporting Israelis and Palestinians descended on Copley Square this afternoon, beating drums, delivering rival chants, and occasionally screaming at each other.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators carrying Palestinian flags, some with bullhorns, chanted "Free Palestine" in response to Israel's actions in Gaza, while pro-Israeli protesters in a counter-rally chanted "Free Gaza from Hamas." Police stood between the groups.

At least 630 Palestinians and 29 Israelis — 27 soldiers and two civilians — have been killed in more than two weeks of armed conflict.

The Boston chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace posted on its website a Facebook invitation to a rally starting at 5:30 p.m. in Copley Square calling for Israel to "end the siege of Gaza." In response, a counter-rally invitation was posted to Facebook calling on participants to "Stand against terror" and condemn the actions of Hamas in the conflict.

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Images from Boston showed large crowds gathered in Copley Square and on Boylston Street as part of the demonstrations.

Below are images and reports from the scene: