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Once again, haredim clash with police over Karta lot

Police prevent hundreds of ultra-Orthodox from marching towards Jerusalem parking lot in protest against its opening on Shabbat

Hundreds of Haredim clashed with police Saturday over the opening of Jerusalem's Karta parking lot on weekends, in what has recently become a weekly routine.


The protestors arrived at a central junction in the city and were prevented by police from marching towards the controversial lot.


The marchers clashed with police, and a few protesters sat on the road to block it, but were evacuated by police. No injuries were reported and no arrests were made.


Among the ultra-Orthodox demonstrators were also children who ran into the street, disrupting traffic on the main road. No injuries have been reported thus far.


Earlier, haredim threw stones at passing vehicles on Jerusalem's main streets.


No injuries were reported but four vehicles were damaged.


Police have launched a search for the culprits.


The protest against the opening of the Karta lot on Shabbat has broken out every Saturday evening in the weeks since Jerusalem's municipality announced its intention to keep the lot open, in order to ease weekend parking troubles in the city.


Ronen Medzini contributed to this report


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