Haredi riot (Archive)
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Hundreds of haredim rioted early Wednesday in the ultra-Orthodox enclave of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, wounding two people.
The rioters ignited tires and wood, blocked traffic, and hurled stones at vehicles and buses at the site. The violence apparently erupted to protest the recent removal of ancient graves in Ashkelon and Jaffa.
Police detained three rioters around 10 pm Tuesday, yet the violence resumed two hours later, after police officers left the scene. Police officials did not send any forces to the area for some time, despite the renewal of the riots.
Two people sustained light wounds after being hurt by stones and were taken to hospital by private ambulances.
The protestors also hurled stones at motorists who attempted to remove burning tires and at residents who gathered in the area to watch the violence.