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Thousands of Israelis protest against government amid coronavirus economic crisis

Thousands of Israelis gathered demonstrated in Tel Aviv, after they were angered by what they say has been an inept government response to the economic crisis that have taken during the coronavirus crisis.

The police limited the number of people allowed into Tel Aviv’s Rabin square for the rally as nearby streets filled with demonstrators wearing face masks.

Israeli media said thousands attended the rally. No official figure for the number of protesters was given.




Unemployment in Israel has soared to 21% since the country went into partial lockdown in March and aid packages promised by the government have been slow to come through, frustrating Israelis who fear they are on the verge of economic collapse.

Alarmed by a new spike in COVID-19 cases which surged after the economy began reopening, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week re-imposed a series of restrictions in a bid to contain infections, shutting down a slew of businesses again.

With less than half of the $29 billion previously pledged in aid paid out and anger building, Netanyahu announced a new welfare package on Thursday, saying the measures would provide an economic safety net for the coming year.



Since the past few weeks, protesters from across the political spectrum took to the streets with demands for speedier compensation from the coalition government, which they see as overstaffed and ineffectual.