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Over 100 injured in clashes between Eritrean protesters, Israeli police in Tel Aviv


Members of Israel’s security forces detain Eritrean asylum-seekers in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on Saturday. AFP

More than 100 people were injured in violent clashes between Eritrean protesters and the Israeli police in Tel Aviv, said Israeli emergency services.

The clashes initially broke out on Saturday morning between supporters of the Eritrean government and opponents who gathered near a club to protest at an event that was set to host by the Eritrean embassy.

The violence quickly escalated, with some protesters turning against Israeli police forces who came to intervene, Xinhua news agency reported.

Footage on social media showed the incident took place near the club, where the venue's windows were smashed, and police cars and stores vandalised.

"Large police force ... are continuing to operate in the Tel Aviv area in order to stop the violence and the disturbance," the police said in a statement posted on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Israeli media said live fire and stun grenades were used in an attempt to stop the violence.

Peace is being restored to the streets after the police arrested 39 people, it said, adding nearly 30 police officers were injured in the violence.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is receiving regular updates on the situation and instructed the National Security Minister and the Police Commissioner "to act to restore public order," noted a statement released by the Prime Minister's Office.

Indo-Asian News Service

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