Police in Jerusalem use water cannons to disperse Haredi anti-draft protesters

Anti-draft protests were conducted again today throughout Israel. Police officers in Jerusalem used water cannons in order to disperse the dozens of Haredi protesters.

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Hundreds of Haredi Jews took to the streets again today (Thursday) in protest against the detention of a draft dodger, which was extended for another 10 days. When the access to the Bar-Ilan Junction in Jerusalem was blocked off by dozens of protesters, police began to use water cannons in order to disperse the crowd. Some mounted police officers also arrived at the scene. The protesters clashed with the police officers and hurled insults at them. 10 Haredi protesters have been arrested so far for disrupting the peace.

Heavy traffic was reported near the areas where the protests are taking place. The access to Highway 1 was temporarily blocked off after about 30 protesters flooded the section of the road near the Latrun Intersection. The Israel Police has increased the number of officers patrolling areas such as Bnei Brak, Shilat, Beit Shemesh and Ashdod.

At least 10 arrested in Jerusalem Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Last night, four protesters were arrested after they blocked the traffic on Route 4. On Tuesday evening, 49 Haredi protesters were arrested.

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