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Orthodox riot in Jerusalem; 4 police hurt

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox protest highway plans in main square of Mea Shearim neighborhood following Simchat Torah celebrations. Four officers lightly wounded, one hospitalized

Efrat Weiss
Published: 10.26.05, 14:25 / Israel News

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox men rioted Tuesday night in Jerusalem's Shabbat Square, stoning police and injuring four officers.

 

One officer was taken to Shaare Zedek hospital in the capital, and four people were arrested, including three teens. Several civilians were hurt promptly treated at the scene. Several cars were also damaged in the riots.

 

Police believe the riot was in protest of plans to build the trans-Israel highway over ancient Jewish graves.

 

Following Tuesday's Simchat Torah holiday, hundreds of people gathered in Shabbat square, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, and began throwing rocks and burning garbage dumpsters.

 

Police attempted to calm things by closing the area to traffic until about 10:00 Wednesday morning.

 

Police are expected to decide Wednesday whether to extend the suspects' remand.

 

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