Tel Aviv soccer derby delayed amid crowd trouble, 70 arrested for stockpiling weapons

The Tel Aviv soccer derby between Maccabi and Hapoel is delayed by at least half an hour amid crowd trouble and arrests over fans stockpiling weapons.

Police say 70 Hapoel Tel Aviv fans are detained for questioning after officers uncover a store of fire bombs, flares and iron bars that the fans planned to use in confrontations with their rivals.

Amid heightened security, long lines form at the entrance to Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium and some fans try to break through the turnstiles.

Police could be seen using mounted officers and batons on fans trying to get in.

Clashes also break out between rival fans outside the stadium. There are no immediate reports of casualties.

 

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