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Huge demonstrations in Tel Aviv

Huge demonstrations in Tel Aviv

The demonstrators demand that the government make more efforts to release hostages held by Hamas and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip.

According to the newspaper Haaretz Clashes occurred between some demonstrators and the police, who used water cannons to disperse the demonstrators.

Police used water cannons against protesters in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening. Photo: Leo Correa/AP/NTB

Large protests critical of the government have become a frequent sight in domestic political debate, taking place mainly in major cities such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Al Jazeerawhich was recently taken off air in Israel and thus reports from Jordan, writes that opposition politician Yair Lapid was among those who participated in the demonstrations in Tel Aviv.

Several massive demonstrations have erupted in Israel since March, with residents directing their discontent at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's priorities in Gaza. Protesters believe Netanyahu should do more to return Israeli hostages to their homeland.

Saturday's demonstration comes shortly after the country's Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, threatened to resign from the government. According to the Jerusalem Post, Gantz gave Netanyahu six demands, including the demand that the hostages must be returned, Hamas should be demobilized, and the Gaza Strip should be disarmed.

– If you choose to lead the nation into the abyss, we will withdraw from the government, turn to the people, and form a government that can achieve a real victory for Israel, Gantz said in a statement.

On Saturday it also became known that the Israeli army found and recovered the remains of another hostage during the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. According to the Israeli army, the dead man was identified as Ron Benjamin.

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On Friday, it became known that the Israeli army found the bodies of three Israelis killed in a Hamas attack on October 7 and transported them to Gaza and took care of them.

Israel believes about 100 people remain detained in Gaza, and 30 bodies are being held, NTB wrote.