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Voice of America 13 May 2020

Israeli Police Arrest More Than 300 at Religious Gathering

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CORONAVIRUS

Israeli police took more than 300 people into custody, Tuesday, May 12, in an attempt to control the crowds violating coronavirus restrictions by assembling at a religious site.

Hundreds of Orthodox Jews showed up at Mount Meron to observe the holiday of Lag B'Ober, despite police regulations against gatherings of more than 20 people.

Lag B'Ober celebrations typically are marked with crowds, dancing and the lighting of bonfires, often at the tomb of a prominent rabbi on Mount Meron.

Israel has 16,539 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Wednesday and 262 deaths. (AP)


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