An anti-government protest is ongoing in Shabbat Square, Jerusalem, as of 00:45 (local time) on Monday, September 21, over the government's handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and associated restrictions in the country. The group has been protesting since Friday, September 18, the beginning of the Rosh Hashanah Jewish holiday, over the second nationwide COVID-19 lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Local sources have not reported any injuries or arrests amid the protest.
Previous related demonstrations have remained peaceful. However, associated business and transportation disruptions are to be anticipated in the vicinity of the protest, as well as a heightened security presence.
Multiple protests have been held 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.
Those in Jerusalem are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and large public gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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