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Tel Aviv cancels Independence Day fireworks show

Israelis watch a fireworks show during Independence Day celebrations in Tel Aviv on April 14, 2021, after more than a year of coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israelis watch a fireworks show during Independence Day celebrations in Tel Aviv on April 14, 2021, after more than a year of coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Tel Aviv cancels its Independence Day fireworks show, partially due to military veterans suffering from PTSD, the mayor says.

The fireworks show is typically a major event, with thousands gathering in the city’s central Rabin Square and watching the display across the city.

Independence Day this year starts Wednesday evening and ends Thursday.

“One of the things that influenced this decision was requests from soldiers with post-trauma that asked to cancel the show, as well as for people with disabilities,” says Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.

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