Hundreds of people violently rioted in the Arab village of Kfar Qassem Wednesday night and clashed with police forces that were at the place to raze an illegal structure.
The forces arrived in the village, located about five miles northeast of Petah Tikva, late at night to execute a court-issued demolition order for a cement floor meant to be used as the foundation for a hothouse.
However, locals had apparently been tipped off of the planned demolition and were waiting for the forces. Some 400 people took part in the protest, and according to security forces threw stones and Molotov cocktails on Border Guard officers securing the operation.
Forces in village (Photo: Hassan Shaalan, panet.co.il)
One Border Guard officer sustained moderate head injuries in the clashes and four others were lightly wounded. Four rioters were arrested overnight, and more arrests are expected to take place.
A village resident told Ynet: "They came like thieves in the night, but we were prepared. What's their problem with the floor? There are plenty of illegal outdoor event venues that are not being razed, but they mind this floor?"