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20 Aug 2020 | 08:29 PM UTC

Israel: Anti-government protests reported in Jerusalem, other locations nationwide August 20 /update 9

Israel News Alert

Anti-government protests reported in Jerusalem and other locations nationwide on August 20; avoid all demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/20/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/24/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jerusalem). COUNTRY/REGION West Bank

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Event

Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Jerusalem on Thursday, August 20, to demonstrate against the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Protesters have reportedly gathered in a square near the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem amid a heightened security presence. Other protests have been reported in Tel Aviv's Habima Square and in other cities, including Haifa. The demonstrators have demanded Netanyahu's resignation and to denounce his government's management of the economy during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Continued protests are likely in Israel in the near term.

Context

Protests have been reported throughout Israel, particularly in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, in recent weeks over the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anger over the issue has been compounded by pre-existing anti-Netanyahu sentiment, with the Prime Minister facing three criminal cases over alleged corruption.

Advice

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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