Man, 27, charged after threatening pro-Palestinian demonstrators with nail gun in Thornhill

A 27-year-old man is in custody following an altercation at a demonstration between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian supporters in Thornhill on Sunday morning.

Police in York Region say more than 100 people had gathered in the area of Clark Avenue West and South Promenade, just west of Bathurst Street, around 9 a.m. and were engaging in a peaceful protest when an altercation broke out.

Several witnesses told police that a man had stopped his vehicle near pro-Palestinian demonstrators and began shouting obscenities at them. According to police, as he became confrontational with three of the protesters, one of the victims claimed the man discharged a nail gun that he was carrying.

A video that has been shared across social media shows a man holding a nail gun and threatening several others around him.

Police said no injuries were reported.

Ilan-Reuben Abramov of Vaughan has been charged with two counts of assault, possessing weapons dangerous to the public, assault with a weapon, and mischief.

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