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Watch: Radical ultra-Orthodox protestors storm IDF base during rallyThe demonstrators were protesting the arrest of a religious Ethiopian-Israeli woman who has been held in an army prison for over a month for dodging her draft.
Dozens of ultra-Orthodox protestors stormed an army base in central Israel on Thursday during a rally against IDF draft. Police forces eventually managed to push them out.
The unusual incident occurred at the end of a massive protest attended by hundreds of members of the radical Haredi sect over the arrest of an Ethiopian-Israeli woman who tried to dodge her mandatory army service.
Rabbi Michael Maharat, the head of the Ethiopian-Israeli community in Ashdod, said, "We ask the police to set her free so that she can help her mother and observe halacha."
Though the woman isn't from the ultra-Orthodox community, her relatives claim she maintains a religious lifestyle.
The IDF said the woman had failed to show up for her enlistment and has been dodging her service for over two years.
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