Benjamin Netanyahu declares state of emergency in Lod after mayor warns “civil war has broken out” – fr

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Benjamin Netanyahu declares state of emergency in Lod after mayor warns “civil war has broken out” – fr


Benjamin Netanyahu declared a state of emergency in the central city of Lod as police accused Arab residents of carrying out “large-scale riots.”

The Israeli prime minister’s statement came after an Israeli Arab was killed there the night before as violence escalated between Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Netanyahu himself is said to have gone to the city, which is on the outskirts of Tel Aviv’s economic hub, near Ben-Gurion Airport, to call for calm.

Mayor Yair Revivo had escalated the drama by declaring that “civil war has broken out” the army should be deployed and compared it to Kristallnacht under the Nazis.

Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured in Lod) declared a state of emergency in the city center as police accused Arab residents of carrying out “large-scale riots”

Netanyahu himself is said to have gone to the city (pictured), located on the outskirts of Tel Aviv’s economic hub, near Ben-Gurion airport, to call for calm

Israeli forces arrest man as violent clashes erupt after funeral of Palestinian Musa Hassune who was killed by fire from Israeli gunman in Lod

Israeli forces arrest man as violent clashes erupt over funeral of Palestinian Musa Hassune who was killed by fire from an Israeli gunman in Lod

The city of 77,000 residents, including 47,000 Israeli Jews and 23,000 Israeli Arabs, was the scene of violent clashes on Monday, local police confirmed.

But Tuesday night, as protests escalated in East Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and Arab Israeli towns, the situation escalated in Lod.

Police said: “Large-scale riots have broken out among some of the Arab residents and communities at risk. Vehicles were set on fire and property damage was caused.

The government said reinforcements were deployed to Lod after Israeli media reported that three synagogues and several businesses were set on fire.

The police added: “Sixteen border police platoons (have been) mobilized in the areas in order to deal with the violence. “

Mayor Yair Revivo had escalated the drama by saying 'civil war has broken out' the army should be deployed and compare it to Kristallnacht under the Nazis

Mayor Yair Revivo had escalated the drama by declaring that “civil war has broken out” the army should be deployed and compare it to Kristallnacht under the Nazis

Israeli Jews walk past burnt out car after clashes with Arab Israelis and police in mixed Israeli town of Lod

Israeli Jews walk past burnt out car after clashes with Arab Israelis and police in mixed Israeli town of Lod

Jacob Simona stands next to his burning car during clashes with Arab Israelis and police in Lod

Jacob Simona stands next to his burning car during clashes with Arab Israelis and police in Lod

There were also scenes of violence in Israeli Arab areas, including Acre, Wadi Ara and Jisr A-Zarqa, where eight people were arrested, police said.

Weeks of tension boiled over when Israeli riot police clashed with crowds of Palestinians at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Since then, nightly clashes in the compound, which is sacred to Muslims and Jews, and elsewhere in East Jerusalem, have left at least 700 Palestinians injured.

On Tuesday, Palestinian militants Hamas and the IDF traded their heaviest fire for several years, with rockets fired at Tel Aviv after an Israeli strike destroyed a tower in Gaza.

Lod police fired tear gas and stun grenades on Tuesday after mourners threw stones at police officers during the funeral of an Arab who was allegedly shot dead by a Jewish resident the night before.

Lod police fired tear gas and stun grenades on Tuesday after mourners threw stones at police officers during the funeral of an Arab who was allegedly shot dead by a Jewish resident the night before.

Lod police fired tear gas and stun grenades on Tuesday after mourners threw stones at police officers during the funeral of an Arab who was allegedly shot dead by a Jewish resident the night before.

Thousands of people attended the funeral, and police said crowds set a patrol car, bus and motorbike on fire.  Two policemen were injured

Thousands of people attended the funeral, and police said crowds set a patrol car, bus and motorbike on fire. Two policemen were injured

Mayor Revivo said on Tuesday he called on Netanyahu to declare a state of emergency in central Israel

Mayor Revivo said on Tuesday he called on Netanyahu to declare a state of emergency in central Israel

Thousands of people attended the funeral, and police said crowds set a patrol car, bus and motorbike on fire. Two policemen were injured.

Mayor Revivo said on Tuesday he had asked Mr. Netanyahu to declare a state of emergency in central Israel.

Mr Revivo said the clashes were “too important for the police” and called for the deployment of the army.

“It’s Crystal Night in Lod,” he said, referring to the pogrom against Jews in Germany led by Nazi Germany in 1938.

“I called on the Prime Minister to declare a state of emergency in Lod. To call the IDF. To impose a curfew. To restore calm … There is a failure of governance …

“This is a giant incident – an Intifada of Arab Israelis. All the work we’ve done here for years [on coexistence] went down to the sewer.

“All of Israel should know this, it’s a total loss of control… It’s unthinkable. Synagogues are set on fire. Hundreds of cars set on fire. Hundreds of Arab thugs roam the streets …

“Civil war has broken out in Lod… The Orthodox-Nationalist community here has weapons. I implore them to come home, but naturally they want to protect their homes. Petrol bombs are thrown in [Jewish] houses. The situation is inflammatory.

The mayor also claimed that the Israelis left their homes with guns out of fear for their lives and that the Islamists had incited young people in the city.

Mr Revivo said the clashes were 'too important for the police' and called for the deployment of the army

Mr Revivo said the clashes were “too important for the police” and called for the deployment of the army

Tuesday's Lod shooting came at a time of heightened tension after weeks of unrest at a disputed holy site in Jerusalem and heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Tuesday’s Lod shooting came at a time of heightened tension after weeks of unrest at a disputed holy site in Jerusalem and heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

The fighting has spread to the Arab sector of Israel, with protests in dozens of communities across the country.  Pictured: Lod Tuesday

The fighting has spread to the Arab sector of Israel, with protests in dozens of communities across the country. Pictured: Lod Tuesday

“We haven’t done anything to you,” he pleaded, asking for calm in the city.

“Every minute a car, a synagogue or a school is set on fire… Our new town hall has been broken into and set on fire.

“You don’t understand what’s going on here. It’s worse than missiles from Gaza, ”Revivo said.

He said “there has been no such thing in the history of Israel,” according to The Times of Israel.

Tuesday’s Lod shooting came at a time of heightened tension after weeks of unrest at a disputed holy site in Jerusalem and heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

The fighting has spread to the Arab sector of Israel, with protests in dozens of communities across the country.

Thousands of people attended the funeral in Lod. Israeli police arrested three people suspected of being involved in the shooting.

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