Cop fires in air during shutdown of school flouting lockdown rules

Clashes break out at an ultra-Orthodox elementary school in Beit Shemesh as police officers shut it down in accordance with the lockdown rules.

According to the Israel Police, a police officer who arrived at the school sought out the principal to fine him for flouting the closure. In the meantime, students surrounded the police car where another volunteer officer was stationed and began pelting him with stones.

“The volunteer fired in the air since he felt his life was endangered, with no injuries reported in the incident,” police say.

The school is an elementary school run by the Hasidic Belz sect, according to Hebrew media reports.