Israel: Hundreds arrested at ultra-Orthodox gathering for violating COVID rules

Police arrested more than 300 members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community who gathered at Mount Meron in northern Israel on Tuesday. They were detained for violating the coronavirus restrictions. Due to fears of a second outbreak of COVID-19, the government limited celebrations of Lag B'Omer, a holiday on which crowds of ultra-Orthodox Jews come together. Police said that people at the site... Еще «chose to intentionally violate the emergency regulations». The crowd reportedly hurled rocks and objects in a scuffle with police officers. Israel's ultra-Orthodox community has been hit especially hard by the pandemic. It makes up around 12% of the population, but according to the Ministry of Interior, it has around 70% of the country's 16,539 confirmed coronavirus cases. Mandatory credit: Israel Police

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