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Haredim push trash bin onto highway, 2 bikers hurt

East Jerusalem motorcyclists crash into trash bin pushed onto Highway 1 by haredim. Paramedics say rioters disrupted efforts to treat wounded men

Two people who were riding on a motorcycle along Highway 1 sustained serious and moderate injuries overnight Thursday when they crashed into a trash bin that had been pushed onto the road by a group of ultra-Orthodox.


More than 200 haredim began rioting Wednesday evening on Jerusalem's Shivtei Yisrael Street in protest against the construction work at Jaffa's Andromeda Hill complex.


The demonstrators clashed with police for a few hours, and shortly after midnight some of the rioters pushed a trash bin onto the nearby Highway 1. A motorcycle rammed into it, and the driver and passenger were flung into the air from the impact.


Police said one person suffered serious injuries while the other sustained moderate wounds. The injured, residents of east Jerusalem, were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics and then evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and the Shaare Zedek Medical Center.


Paramedics said haredim tried to prevent them from treating the wounded.


On Wednesday the United Torah Judaism (UTJ) faction asked Religious Services Minister Yakov Margi (Shas) to instruct authorities to cease construction at Andromeda due to the discovery of ancient Jewish graves at the site. UTJ says the construction constitutes a breach of the coalition agreement. 


פרסום ראשון: 07.08.10, 08:19
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