Clashes between protesters and police in Jerusalem

Hundreds of haredim protest closures imposed by city.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Clashes between protesters and police in Jerusalem
Clashes between protesters and police in Jerusalem
Akiva Weiss, Channel 11 News

Hundreds of haredim protested this evening at the intersection of ​​Shamgar and Yirmiyahu streets in Jerusalem, protesting the closures imposed in the city.

Some protesters blocked roads and confronted police. Large police forces assembled in an attempt to maintain public order.

Earlier today, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein visited Jerusalem and met with Mayor Moshe Leon, following the government's decision to close a number of neighborhoods in Jerusalem, including Romema, Kiryat Sanz, Belz, and Kiryat Mattersdorf.

Edelstein and Leon met in the Jerusalem Municipality situation room, which was reactivated by the Mayor's order. The two discussed the current situation and the ways in which the Municipality can provide help to residents in neighborhoods under closure.

Minister Edelstein and the Jerusalem Mayor emphasized the importance of helping those residents and evacuating patients to hotels outside these neighborhoods to save lives and prevent contagion.

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said: "The Health Ministry has done its utmost to avoid closures. Unfortunately, the spread of coronavirus has forced us to make local closures in several neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Beitar, Ramla, Lod, Beit Shemesh, and Kiryat Malachi. We're not minimizing the difficulties created by the closure. There's a need to quickly cut the infection chain and avoid a more inclusive lockdown."

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon said: "Our main goal is to decisively halt the contagion chain, isolate the carriers and harm as little as possible the lives of non-sick residents. I'm in close contact with all government ministries on this issue including the Health Ministry, to act quickly to improve the situation. I urge the public to be careful about Health Ministry guidelines; these can literally save lives."