Anti-government activists have expanded a previously planned demonstration against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to multiple other cities nationwide during the evening of Saturday, September 5, in calls for his resignation. Police have reported that multiple officers were injured when anti-Netanyahu protesters marching through Jerusalem broke through a police barricade at Tzahal Square, outside the Old City. Multiple protest sites have reported scuffles with police with dozens reportedly being detained. Several hundred people are also protesting against Netanyahu near his private residence in the coastal town of Caesarea.
A heightened security presence is to be expected around the protest site, and disruption to transportation is also likely in the vicinity of the demonstration.
Protests have been reported throughout Israel in recent months 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.
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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