The Israel Antiquities Authority transferred the bones exhumed from the graves near Ashkelon's Barzilai Hospital to a Religious Affairs Ministry representative on Monday afternoon. The ancient graves were excavated on Sunday to prepare for the construction of a fortified emergency room.
Later Monday, the bones will be transferred for burial at a secret site in order to prevent protests.
Predicting a repeat of Sunday's protests, Interior Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch warned that “we will show no mercy toward rioters.”
Meanwhile, some 40 haredim were detained for questioning in Yaffo during demonstrations against the construction of a residential building on what they say is an ancient burial ground.