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Israelis protest against Netanyahu despite lockdown

Police disperse protesters in Tel Aviv, claiming they were violating restrictions on gatherings

Zain Khalil   | 07.10.2020
Israelis protest against Netanyahu despite lockdown People holding banners gather to protest against the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding his resignation over corruption cases and his failure to combat the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Tel Aviv, Israel on October 03, 2020. ( Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency )

JERUSALEM

Thousands of Israelis protested Tuesday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in various parts of the country, despite closures imposed by the government to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.  

They included demonstrators who staged a protest in Tel Aviv's Habima Square, according to the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation.

Police dispersed protesters in the square as well as those in Rabin Square in the same city, claiming they were violating restrictions on gatherings.

Protesters in Tel Aviv chanted slogans calling on Netanyahu and his government to resign.

He is already facing corruption charges in cases that include bribery, breach of trust and fraud.

Netanyahu, who has denied any wrongdoing, formed a national unity government with Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz in April this year.

*Bassel Barakat contributed to this report from Ankara

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