Emergency declared in Israel’s Lod city after riots breakout

Israel declared a state of emergency in the central city of Lod after riots broke out amidst the conflict between Israeli forces and Palestine intensified.

Protests by Israeli Arabs broke out in Lod, a city near Tel Aviv, and escalated to full-scale rioting, with protesters throwing rocks at police, who responded with stun grenades. At least 12 people were injured in the clashes.

The protests followed the funeral of an Israeli Arab man who died during unrest in the city a day earlier.

On Wednesday morning, a 52-year-old father and his 16-year-old daughter were killed when a rocket hit their car, also seriously injuring the mother, Times of Israel reported.

On Tuesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a state of emergency in Lod. Israeli border police have been brought in from the West Bank.

The Times of Israel said this was the first time the government had used emergency powers over an Arab community since 1966.

The conflict between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants in Gaza has stirred unrest among the Arab minority inside Israel, leading to protests.

There has also been unrest in other cities with a large Israeli Arab population, as well as in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.