Anti-Netanyahu protests continue in Israel

Anti-Netanyahu protests continue in Israel

Anti-Netanyahu protests continue in Israel

Thousands of protesters gathered outside of Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem Thursday, where they called for him to resign.

The protests are emerging as among the biggest challenges to Netanyahu's lengthy rule since demonstrations over the cost of living in 2011 drew hundreds of thousands to the streets.

The protests have been going on for the past few weeks, sparked by what critics see as the government's failure in handling the coronavirus crisis after initially seeming to succeed in keeping the virus at bay.

At a press conference last week that coincided with protests, Netanyahu addressed the surging protests, warning demonstrators: "Do not drag the country into anarchy, violence, vandalism". In some cases police sprayed demonstrators with water cannons, injuring some.

Police said demonstrators tried to stage a procession through the city after the dispersal order. Several people have been arrested, say police.

After what's been known as an erratic reopening of this market in May, diseases taken up using the typical number of new cases every day at 2,000.

On July 20, Israel extended flight restrictions until at least September 1, following the recent sharp increase in morbidity.

Protesters say the government's offers of financial assistance have been nowhere near enough, though the government recently announced new aid measures.

In West Jerusalem, Israeli police arrested a suspect accused of attacking a protester with a glass bottle, while in another incident, clash between protesters and counter-protesters led to the injury of a man after being stabbed, according to the Times of Israel newspaper.

Prime Minister Netanyahu's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes opened in May in a Jerusalem court.

Many of them were seen carrying signs that read, "Bibi, Go Home".

Israeli protesters accuse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of corruption and mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic amid a second wave of the virus; Trey Yingst reports from Jerusalem.

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