Police chief backs officers in violent clashes with Druze, calls for calm

Israeli police forces deploy to disperse protests and riots by members of the Druze community near the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, on June 20, 2023. (Photo by JALAA MAREY / AFP)
Israeli police forces deploy to disperse protests and riots by members of the Druze community near the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, on June 20, 2023. (Photo by JALAA MAREY / AFP)

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai gives his “full backing” to police officers who are involved in violent clashes with Druze protesters in the Golan Heights.

A statement from police after Shabtai holds a situational assessment says that he has instructed police commander in the north to continue to engage in dialogue with Druze leaders, and calls on them to calm the situation.

Eight protesters are hurt, including four in serious condition. Twelve officers are lightly hurt.

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