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Anti-government protesters in Jerusalem dispersed with water cannon

Jerusalem: Israeli police used water cannons to disperse demonstrators rallying near the residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, in the early hours of Friday, July 24.

Several protesters were arrested as scuffles broke out when police pushed demonstrators back. Police say the ongoing protest is causing a public disturbance to the residents who live in the area.
Wearing protective masks, protesters held up signs and chanted for the five-term premier to step down, angered over Netanyahu's handling of a worsening coronavirus crisis and alleged corruption. Reimposed coronavirus curbs after a rise in new COVID-19 cases have prompted Israelis demanding better state aid to take to the streets in almost daily demonstrations.

Public anger has also been fuelled by corruption alleged against Netanyahu, who went on trial in May for bribery, fraud and breach of trust - charges he denies. Pro-Netanyahu supporters held a counter demonstration nearby, dancing and holding flags.
Police did not provide a figure for the number of demonstrators gathered late on Wednesday into Thursday. Israeli media said the protest drew thousands from across the country. Israel has reported more than 57,453 coronavirus cases and 440 deaths.

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