Dozens of Israeli police clashed with Arab locals in Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood after officers attempting to fine an uncooperative Muslim Coronavirus quarantine-breaker sparked a riot.
RT Police patrolling Ajami, a mostly Arab neighborhood, demanded identification from a man seen standing with another in the middle of the street. Under Covid-19 quarantine rules, Israeli residents are not permitted to venture more than 100 meters from their homes. The man reportedly refused to give his ID, and when a Muslim woman tried to intervene, she was roughed up by the police, a local resident told Ynetnews.
DRAMATIC FOOTAGE Violent clashes erupt in Jaffa as police attempt to enforce Coronavirus movement restrictions. Police say 4 protesters were detained for questioning on suspicion of assaulting an officer and a man was fined for violating the health ministry’s order. pic.twitter.com/IEaeceUduh
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Police arrested four suspects for questioning and assaulting police in Jaffa.
The commotion apparently attracted more residents to the street who protested and set tires on fire in protest of the arrests, as fighting broke out between the two groups. Dozens more cops and a SWAT team eventually arrived on the scene.
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