Traders protested and clashed with police forces over the closure of Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market on Sunday, April 26. Protesters claimed that the government's decision to keep the outdoor market closed for another week despite a recent ease of restrictions which allowed many other Israeli businesses to reopen was unfair. The protesting merchants also reported financial difficulties following a month-long shutdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. There were clashes between protesters and one demonstrator was arrested and later released. No injuries have been reported following the incident.
Further related protests are possible over the coming days.
Individuals in Jerusalem are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the incident, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
Some Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.
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