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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Authorities in San Diego say Border Patrol agents were pelted with rocks and bottles as they tried to stop dozens of people who'd crossed the U.S. - Mexico border illegally.

A Border Patrol statement says several agents were hit in the arms and legs with rocks and one was hit in the head by a water bottle during Sunday's confrontation. But there were no serious injuries.

Authorities say more than 100 people had crossed into the U.S. west of the San Ysidro border checkpoint and became unruly when a border agent tried to stop them and then fired pepper balls.

More agents were called in to deal with the rock- and bottle-throwing crowd.

They used what officials called "intermediate use-of-force devices" and eventually drove the crowd back to Mexico.

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