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26 Sep 2020 | 07:31 PM UTC

Israel: Thousands demonstrate in Jerusalem on September 26

Israel News Alert

Anti-government demonstration ongoing in Jerusalem on September 26; localized disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/26/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/27/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jerusalem). COUNTRY/REGION Jerusalem

Event

An anti-government protest is ongoing outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence (Beit Aghion) in Jerusalem, as of 22:15 (local time) on Saturday, September 26, over the government's handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and associated restrictions in the country. The group has been protesting over the second nationwide COVID-19 lockdown imposed by 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.

Context

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.

Advice

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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