Hundreds took part in a protest against a continued lockdown in the settlement of Beitar Illit (West Bank) on Thursday, October 15. The lockdown is in place due to a high numbers of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city. One protester was reportedly injured when a municipal vehicle hit them, with authorities investigating the incident.
Further protests are likely over the near term. A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of protest sites, where a disruption to transportation and business should be anticipated.
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.
Those in Israel are advised to monitor developments, avoid protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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