According to media reports, activists are planning to hold additional demonstrations to protest police brutality on Wednesday, July 4, across Israel. Exact locations and times of the protests were not immediately reported, although related demonstrations were previously held in Tel Aviv, Netanya, Petah Tikva, Rosh Ha'ayin, Ashkelon, and Jerusalem. Heightened security measures and significant traffic disruptions are anticipated around all demonstrations. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Tensions have been high in the country since an off-duty police officer allegedly shoot an unarmed man of Ethiopian descent in Kiryat Haim area of Haifa on June 30. On July 1, protesters burned tires and erected barricades in Haifa. Large crowds reportedly gathered in Kiryat Haim and Kiryat Ata after the accused officer was put on house arrest. Associated rallies were reported in Kiryat Ono, Be'er Sheva, Ashkelon, Rehovot, and other cities across Israel through the evening (local time) on July 1.
Individuals in Israel are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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