Thousands of Israeli's took part in rallies across Israel to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, August 15. The main protest was held outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem, where around ten thousand people gathered. Police declared the gathering illegal and there were reports of clashes as security forces attempted to disperse the crowd. At least ten demonstrators were arrested as some protesters marched towards Agron and King George streets and others refused to disperse from Paris Square. Other sites where protests occurred included outside Netanyahu's private residence in Caesarea, as well as in Hadera, Tel Aviv, and on bridges, highway passes, and at traffic junctions across the country.
Further protests are expected across Israel over the near term and subsequent clashes between security forces and demonstrators cannot be ruled out.
Protests against Netanyahu have been held across Israel over the past two months over corruption allegations and the country's handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Saturday's demonstrations were also fanned by a controversial peace agreement announced on Thursday, August 13, between Israel and the UAE.
Individuals in Israel are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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