Firework packs (Archive)
Firework packs (Archive)Police Spokesperson

The government accepted the suggestion of Labor Minister Yoav Ben-Tzur (Shas) and National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir (Otzma Yehudit) and declared firework packs as explosive devices.

The recognition is a nine-month temporary provision to give the security forces more power in the war on fireworks, to prevent sales, and to up punishment.

In many cases, Arab rioters have launched fireworks at security forces, police, civilians, and structures, causing burns and damage.

Minister Yoav Ben-Tzur stated: "Security forces currently stand like a fortified wall in the endless war on terror. We have recently seen a phenomenon of fireworks that endanger the lives of security forces.

Today we passed another substantial decision that will strengthen the soldiers in the field and will give them support against the challenges that face them. The Israeli government will continue to fight terror and will strongly and determinedly strike it at all times and places," Minister Ben-Tzur stated.

National Security Minister Ben-Gvir stated: "We made a promise, and we're keeping to it. This is an important step ahead of Ramadan. We will give the security forces and the police the tools to fight terror, we will worsen punishments, and we will lead a clear line in the fight against weapons and fireworks."