Police are aware of attempts to inflame tensions and bring a new round of violent protests in Israel, Southern District Commander Yoram Halevy said Saturday evening at the site of the protests in Hura.
“This is not the first time we've heard people make warnings about a Third Intifada,” Halevy said. “We approved a license for a peaceful protest and to my dismay, from the beginning it declined very quickly when they began throwing rocks and we were forced to close the highway. They also threw Molotov cocktails and garbage cans. There is an attempt to start a war here but we won't allow it to happen.”
There were still a few hundred protesters at Hura and in Haifa by the time Halevy made his comments, but police said that they had managed to establish control of both locations.
Police said that by 8 p.m. local time they had arrested 28 people and that 15 police were lightly hurt, including Coastal District Commander Haggai Dotan; the spokeswoman of the Negev subdistrict, Navah Tabo; and an officer from the Central District who they said was stabbed in the leg by a protester.