ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 142

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Police arrest 7 protesters for blocking Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv, lighting bonfire

Relatives and supporters of Israeli hostages held in Gaza since the October 7 attacks by Hamas block a road during a rally calling for their release in Tel Aviv on February 8, 2024. (AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)
Relatives and supporters of Israeli hostages held in Gaza since the October 7 attacks by Hamas block a road during a rally calling for their release in Tel Aviv on February 8, 2024. (AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)

At least seven protesters were arrested tonight in Tel Aviv during a protest calling for the release of the hostages and new elections.

Some protesters blocked part of the Ayalon Highway heading south and were detained, police say.

The protesters set bonfires ablaze and blocked the highway’s southern lane for some time.

Relatives of hostages and supporters block part of the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv on February 10, 2024, to demand the release of their loves ones, held by Hamas in Gaza since October 7, 2023. (Zipi Menashe / Pro-Democracy Protest Movement)

The road has since been cleared and reopened for traffic, police say.

At least five other protesters received fines for “obstructing traffic,” according to the police.

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