Despite ongoing police efforts, large crowds of mainly young Israelis still blocking Ayalon

Despite ongoing efforts by the police to clear the Ayalon, including with the use of water cannons, mounted police and large numbers of officers, the highway is again blocked.

The protesters, mainly young Israelis, are waving national flags and again lighting bonfires.

After 29 weeks of protests, the anti-overhaul demonstrators have become skilled at dodging the police, moving to different parts of the highway or waiting on the inclines at the side of the road, to return when the opportunity arises.

A police spokesman has told Channel 12 that anybody on the highway now is considered to be breaking the law.

Unconfirmed estimates suggest that 10-15,000 Israelis have protested at the Ayalon in the past few hours.

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