Sep 2, 2023 at 7:47 PM Update: 6 hours ago
More than a hundred Eritreans were injured in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv when a demonstration got out of hand. Hundreds of Eritreans who opposed the regime in their own country had taken to the streets.
More than 114 people were injured during the protest. Thirty of them were police officers, Israeli government sources said. More than ten Eritreans have been hit by Israeli police bullets.
With their demonstration, opponents of the Eritrean regime wanted to prevent an event at the Eritrean embassy in Israel from taking place. However, they clashed with Eritrean government supporters. Images on social media show Eritrean government supporters hitting demonstrators with clubs.
The Israeli police had to intervene. According to police, the Eritreans pelted officers with stones and planks and caused damage to nearby shops. According to a police spokesperson, some officers feared for their lives and used their firearms to defend themselves.
A hospital in Tel Aviv reported that more than ten people were treated with gunshot wounds. About forty demonstrators have been arrested for attacking police or carrying illegal weapons.
A large group of Eritrean asylum seekers are staying in Israel. It is estimated that there are around 17,850 people, many of whom traveled illegally to Israel via Egypt. Israeli Eritreans mainly live in poor neighborhoods around Tel Aviv.
Also clashes in other countries
At the beginning of August, dozens of people were also injured in Sweden when an Eritrean cultural festival there resulted in violence. And in early July, 26 officers were injured when an Eritrean event went out of control in Giessen, north of Frankfurt, Germany. At least a hundred people were arrested there.
Eritreans protest in Tel Aviv against a planned event at the Eritrean embassy. Photo: ANP
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