Thousands of protesters have gathered in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on Saturday, August 22, amid continued demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Protesters marched from Chords Bridge to Paris Square to reach the Prime Minister's Residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem; however, their progress was blocked by police who briefly clashed with demonstrators who attempted to break through the cordon. Law enforcement had previously denied permission for the march to occur when organizers rejected the police's request that an alternate route be used. Counter-protests also occurred in the vicinity of the demonstration. Demonstrators also gathered in Habima Square in Tel Aviv.
Continued protests are likely across Israel in the near term.
Protests have been reported throughout Israel, particularly in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, in recent weeks over the government's handling of the coronavirus disease (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.
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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